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Wyatt Crockett will wear the number one jersey and Ben Franks will move to the bench. Locks Samuel Whitelock and Tom Donnelly also switch positions from last week’s game, with Whitelock coming into the starting fifteen at number five and Donnelly taking a place on the bench.
Adam Whitelock moves back to the wing this week, vacating the outside centre position for Robbie Fruean. Sean Maitland will provide cover from the bench.
The winner from this game will progress to the semi-finals, playing either the Chiefs or the Stormers depending on the result from the other qualifier match. But Blackadder said it is about more than that for Crusaders fans.
“This is obviously our most important match yet this season. But it’s not just about the footy this weekend. This is about Crusaders fans getting another opportunity to come together and show that our spirit is still strong after all that has happened to us.
“We are so grateful to our supporters for helping us get as far as we have this season. Just by being at the stadium for the Bulls game, they will be helping us towards another win,” Blackadder said.
“So please join the Crusaders at home this Saturday night – it’s going to be something special.”
CRUSADERS: Israel Dagg, Adam Whitelock, Robbie Fruean, Ryan Crotty, Zac Guildford, Dan Carter (vc), Andy Ellis, Richie McCaw (c), Matt Todd, George Whitelock, Samuel Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Quentin MacDonald, Ben Franks, Tom Donnelly, Luke Whitelock, Willi Heinz, Tom Taylor, Sean Maitland.