Crusaders team to play the Stormers named

The Crusaders are in South Africa this week to face Cape Town’s Stormers. Despite having won 72% of their games against the Stormers the Crusaders are taking nothing for granted. The Stormers are a formidable side that play a very physical game and on home turf they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team making four changes to the team that played the Kings last weekend.

Luke Whitelock takes the number eight jersey replacing injured skipper Kieran Read while Tyler Bleyendaal moves into first five-eighth to replace Dan Carter who has remained in New Zealand to be at the birth of his first child.

Israel Dagg returns to fullback, moving Tom Marshall back to the Wing and Zac Guildford to the bench. George Whitelock will captain the side.

The game will also mark a special occasion for inside centre and vice captain Ryan Crotty who will be playing his 50th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders. On the bench, Jordan Taufua will have the opportunity to make his first appearance for the Crusaders if called upon.

Kick-off is at 7:10pm on Saturday 23 March at DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town.

Crusaders team to play the Stormers:

1. Wyatt Crockett 9. Willi Heinz Reserves
2. Corey Flynn 10. Tyler Bleyendaal 16. Ben Funnell
3. Owen Franks 11. Johnny McNicholl 17. Joe Moody
4. Luke Romano 12. Ryan Crotty 18. Dominic Bird
5. Samuel Whitelock 13. Robbie Fruean 19. Jordan Taufua
6. George Whitelock (c) 14. Tom Marshall 20. Andy Ellis
7. Matt Todd 15. Israel Dagg 21. Adam Whitelock
8. Luke Whitelock 22. Zac Guildford

About Martin Myers
Music Supervisor / Artist and Talent Manager / Publicist / Music Exchange Founder / Owner Triple M Entertainment

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