Ralph’s Super century

Caleb Ralph will make his 100th successive Super Rugby appearance when he runs out in the No 13 jersey for the Crusaders against the Force on Friday.

Ralph is one of seven changes Robbie Deans has made to the Crusaders starting XV that smashed the Cheetahs. He replaces the unlucky Casey Laulala who had a blinder in the No 13 jersey.

Also back in the Crusaders starting XV are loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett, hooker Corey Flynn, locks Ross Filipo and Kevin O’Neill, halfback Andrew Ellis and inside centre Aaron Mauger.

All Black lock Chris Jack, who hobbled off after a half against the Cheetahs, has been rested entirely this week. Prop Greg Somerville also gets light duties this week with a bench role.

Crusaders team to play Force:

15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Rico Gear, 13 Caleb Ralph, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Scott Hamilton, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Andrew Ellis; 8 Mose Tuiali’i, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Reuben Thorne, 5 Kevin O’Neill, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Campbell Johnstone, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Tone Kopelani, 17 Greg Somerville, 18 Johnny Leo’o, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Kevin Senio, 21 Stephen Brett, 22 Casey Laulala.