Thu 8 Mar 2018 | 05:12

Todd back for Crusaders

Todd back for Crusaders
Thu 8 Mar 2018 | 05:12
Todd back for Crusaders

There are two changes to the loose forward trio and one in the backline, from the side that took the field against the Stormers last weekend. 

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis will start at blindside flank against the Hurricanes, in place of Pete Samu. 

Vice-captain Matt Todd returns to the openside this week, having recovered from the thumb injury which kept him out of the Stormers match, and Billy Harmon moves to the bench. 

In the backs, Mitchell Hunt is set to start in the No.10 jersey on Saturday after Richie Mo'unga fractured his jaw in the Stormers clash.

Mike Delany, who has 47 Super Rugby caps to his name, will provide cover on the bench. The only other change sees hooker Ben Funnell take a spot in the reserves this week. 

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Chris King, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Billy Harmon, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mike Delany, 23 Manasa Mataele.

Date: Saturday, March 10
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19.35 (06.35 GMT)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

PV: 2
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