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Crusaders named to play Rebels on Sunday afternoon

Getty Images and James Mortimer     27 Apr 2013     Getty Images

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder is enthusiastic about the afternoon fixture. “It will be great to be playing with a bit of sun on our backs and is an ideal day out for families. The early kick off time makes it a fantastic opportunity to bring the kids along.”

Blackadder has made four changes to the starting fifteen that played the Highlanders last weekend.

Joe Moody starts as loosehead prop moving Wyatt Crockett to the bench. Willi Heinz starts as halfback while Tom Taylor makes the starting fifteen as inside centre moving Ryan Crotty to the number 13 jersey. Following a minor hamstring injury Dan Carter returns to take his place on the bench.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Direct ( or 0800 224 224) or from The Warehouse. Tickets start from as little as $16 for Adults and $7.50 for kids 14years and under (plus service fees). Take a Kid to Footy (1 Adult, 1 Child) tickets are available for only $24.

Fans are reminded that there will be a free direct bus service to the game at AMI Stadium. The Rugby Express park and ride service will run from Northwood Supa Cenre, The Hub Hornby, The Palms, Beresford Street (via New Brighton and Eastgate) and Merivale Mall, returning rugby fans back to their base after the game.

Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Tom Marshall, Ryan Crotty, Tom Taylor, Zac Guildford, Tyler Bleyendaal, Willi Heinz, Luke Whitelock, Matt Todd, George Whitelock (captain), Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Joe Moody. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Dominic Bird, Jordan Taufua, Andy Ellis, Dan Carter, Adam Whitelock.