Crusaders make 6 changes for Highlanders game on Sat

The Crusaders meet their southern rivals, the Highlanders, in Dunedin this Saturday night and Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named a team with six changes from last week.

The entire front row has been replaced so that Tim Perry, Ben Funnell and Nepo Laulala take the starting spots and Wyatt Crockett, Corey Flynn and Owen Franks move to the bench.

In the backs, Andy Ellis will start at halfback this week and Israel Dagg returns to fullback, which sees Tom Taylor move to centre. Adam Whitelock has returned from Glasgow where he made his NZ Sevens debut and will be ready to provide some impact off the bench for the Crusaders on Saturday.

Players from both teams will be wearing some unfamiliar names on their jerseys this weekend, as part of the BNZ Future Stars charity round. BNZ has given up its space on the front of the New Zealand Super Rugby teams’ jerseys to children who won the chance to have their name appear on the jersey instead. The initiative will raise money for Plunket.
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1. Tim Perry
2. Ben Funnell
3. Nepo Laulala
4. Dominic Bird
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. Jordan Taufua
7. Richie McCaw (VC)
8. Luke Whitelock
9. Andy Ellis
10. Colin Slade
11. Nemani Nadolo
12. Ryan Crotty (C)
13. Tom Taylor
14. Johnny McNicholl
15. Israel Dagg
RESERVES:
16. Corey Flynn
17. Wyatt Crockett
18. Owen Franks
19. Jimmy Tupou
20. George Whitelock
21. Willi Heinz
22. Adam Whitelock
23. Nafi Tuitavake
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Music Supervisor / Artist and Talent Manager / Publicist / Music Exchange Founder / Owner Triple M Entertainment

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