Crusaders Named To Play Lions 6 Changes

The Crusaders are in Johannesburg preparing to take on the Lions at Ellis Park on Sunday morning (NZ time). Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made six changes to the starting line-up that faced the Hurricanes last weekend.

In the forwards, Dominic Bird joins Samuel Whitelock on the wing after Luke Romano was ruled out of contention with a calf injury sustained early in the Hurricanes match. Kieran Read is also unavailable for selection due to a head knock he received in the Hurricanes match, so Luke Whitelock will pull on the number eight jersey and George Whitelock comes in at number six.

Ryan Crotty will step up to the captaincy this week and also shifts from centre to second five. Two backline players will get their first starts of the season – Kieron Fonotia at centre and Nemani Nadolo on the wing.

Kick off at Ellis Park is at 3:05am (NZ time) on Sunday morning.

Forwards
1. Wyatt Crockett
2. Ben Funnell
3. Owen Franks
4. Dominic Bird
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. George Whitelock (vc)
7. Matt Todd
8. Luke Whitelock
Backs
9. Andy Ellis
10. Colin Slade
11. Johnny McNicholl
12. Ryan Crotty (C)
13. Kieron Fonotia
14. Nemani Nadolo
15. Israel Dagg
Reserves
16. Corey Flynn
17. Daniel Lienert-Brown
18. Nepo Laulala
19. Jimmy Tupou
20. Jordan Taufua
21. Willi Heinz
22. Tyler Bleyendaal
23. Tom Taylor
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About Martin Myers
Music Supervisor / Artist and Talent Manager / Publicist / Music Exchange Founder / Owner Triple M Entertainment

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