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Crusaders development team to play Tonga A

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crusaders.co.nz and James Mortimer     27 Mar 2013     Getty Images

Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his team making numerous changes to the side that beat Samoa A 30- 27 on Saturday. “An important element of the Crusaders Knights that we continue to develop the team and the changes we’ve made creates a great opportunity for the squad to be challenged and allows all players to perform at a high level” says Robertson.

Crusaders Adrian Barone and Telusa Veainu remain in the starting fifteen while Codie Taylor returns from playing for the Crusaders to take the number two jersey.

Jordan Taufua’s call up to the Crusaders see’s James Lentjes take the number eight jersey. Tyrone Elkington moves from second five-eighth to first five-eighth allowing Kolio Hifo to move to second five-eighth. Also starting this week are winger Mitchell Scott and forwards Mitchell Graham, Luke Katene and Scott Barrett.

The game will also mark a special occasion for Crusaders Knights player Telusa Veainu who is of Tongan decent.

The match will kick-off at 5pm this Thursday at Linwood RFC. Entry is free.

1. Adrian Barone
2. Codie Taylor
3. Mitchell Graham
4. Matt Symons (c)
5. Luke Katene
6. Scott Barrett
7. Gary Redmond
8. James Lentjes
9. Ellery Wilson
10. Tyrone Elkington
11. Telusa Veainu
12. Kolio Hifo
13. Kieran Fonatia
14. Scott Mitchell
15. Marty Banks

Reserves

16. Matt Moulds
17. Daniel Lienert-Brown
18. Joel Everson
19. Brad Hemopo
20. Rameka Paraki
21. James Schrader
22. Hamish Catherwood
23. Alex Hodgman