Crusaders named for Reds - McCaw remains on bench

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The only change to the team that beat the Waratahs last weekend is the possible inclusion of Sean Maitland, who has been recovering from a high ankle injury. Maitland’s inclusion on the wing is subject to his full participation in training today.

Although the line-up looks much the same as last week’s, the jerseys will be different. This week the Crusaders are wearing specially-made St John jerseys, which will then be signed by the players and auctioned on Trade Me. Funds raised will go towards funding St John’s support of community rugby in the Crusaders franchise area. The jerseys are open for bidding on Trade Me now (listed under sports/rugby/apparel/jerseys) and the auction will run until next Thursday night.

The Crusaders have also named their latest Community Crusader, Rachel Cooper. Fittingly, Rachel is a former St John Youth Cadet and is now a St John Event volunteer. She is also the Divisional Manager of Hornby St John Youth Division, a completely voluntary role.

St John service runs in Rachel’s family – her mother works in the St John communications centre dealing with 111 ambulance calls. Rachel understands the hugely important role that St John plays in our community and is constantly helping to future-proof the St John service by being an active promoter and organiser of St John Youth members. Rachel is also a keen rugby fan and has worked on rugby duty with St John a number of times.

As part of her Community Crusader prize, Rachel will attend Crusader training today, receive two tickets to Sunday’s game, and a Crusader rugby jersey.

Kick-off on Sunday is at 4pm. As the only afternoon game at the new AMI Stadium (Addington) this season, pre-match and half-time entertainment will be catered to families. So people are advised to arrive early and enjoy the festivities. Free buses will be available to ticketholders again and further details can be found at

Crusaders team to play the Reds:

1. Ben Franks
2. Corey Flynn
3. Owen Franks
4. Luke Romano
5. Tom Donnelly
6. George Whitelock
7. Matt Todd
8. Kieran Read
9. Andy Ellis
10. Tom Taylor
11. Zac Guildford
12. Dan Carter
13. Robbie Fruean
14. Sean Maitland/Adam Whitelock
15. Israel Dagg


16. Ben Funnell
17. Wyatt Crockett
18. Samuel Whitelock
19. Richie McCaw
20. Willi Heinz
21. Ryan Crotty
22. Tom Marshall