Crusaders named for Force, McCaw back at eight

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It includes three changes to the starting line-up that met the Chiefs in Hamilton last weekend and two positional changes

Kieran Read’s rib injury in the Chiefs match has ruled him out for this week, so captain Richie McCaw will move into the number 8 position and Matt Todd will come in at openside flanker.

Tom Donnelly and Luke Romano will make up the locking duo this weekend, with Samuel Whitelock moving to the reserves. Adam Whitelock shifts from the wing to centre, making room for Sean Maitland to start in his favoured position of right wing. That sees Robbie Fruean move to the bench.

The match will be played at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium (Addington) and kick-off is at 7:35pm Saturday.

Crusaders: 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Sean Maitland, 13-Adam Whitelock, 12-Ryan Crotty, 11-Zac Guildford, 10-Dan Carter, 9-Andy Ellis, 8-Richie McCaw (c), 7-Matt Todd, 6-George Whitelock, 5-Tom Donnelly, 4-Luke Romano, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Corey Flynn, 1-Ben Franks.

Reserves: Quentin MacDonald, Wyatt Crockett, Samuel Whitelock, Willi Heinz, Tom Taylor, Robbie Fruean.