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Twickers reject Saders’ plea – English officials have ruled out the possibility of hosting the Crusaders’ clash against the Sharks at Twickenham on 26 March.
The RFU released a statement, saying they did consider the Crusaders’ request of playing their sixth round home game at the London-based stadium, but couldn’t accept it because of logistic and planning problems.
‘Given we are keen to help support the people of Christchurch as they recover from the dreadful events of the last few weeks this was something we looked at seriously, even given the short time-frames involved,’ said a RFU spokesman in a statement.
‘Unfortunately in the end it has just not proved possible to do this given the operational challenges involved and in particular the transport, policing and security issues that would arise from the clash with the Harlequins game on the same day less than one mile away.’
Two newbies for Canes – The Hurricanes have named two debutants in their match 22 for their fixture against the Chiefs this Saturday.
Jayden Hayward will start his first Super Rugby game at inside centre, in place of the suspended Ma’a Nonu, while reserve back Charlie Ngatai has been named on the bench.
Hurricanes – 15 Cory Jane, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Jayden Hayward, 11 Andre Taylor, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Chris Eaton, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Jack Lam, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 James Broadhurst, 3 Neemia Tialata 2 Andrew Hore (c), 1 John Schwalger
Subs: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Tyson Keats, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Charlie Ngatai.
Blues bring back big guns - The Blues have recalled their All Blacks to their starting line-up for the game against the Western Force on Saturday.
Flanker Daniel Braid and hooker Keven Mealamu have been named in the run-on side while lock Anthony Boric partners Ali Williams in the second row.
Scrumhalf Toby Morland also replaces Alby Mathewson, who drops to the bench.
Blues – 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Toby Morland, 8 Chris Lowrey, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Anthony Boric, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu (c),1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs : 16 Tom McCartney, 17 John Afoa, 18 Kurtis Haiu, 19 Luke Braid, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Stephen Brett, 22 Sherwin Stowers.
Nanai-Williams back for Chiefs -Tim Nanai-Williams returns to the starting line-up for the Chiefs’ clash against the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Nanai-Williams replaces the injured skipper Mils Muliaina, who’s out for a month with a back injury. No 8 Liam Messam is named captain in Muliaina’s absence.
Chiefs – 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Dwayne Sweeney, 12 Tana Umaga, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Liam Messam (c), 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Scott Waldrom, 5 Isaac Ross, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Nathan White, 2 Aled de Malmanche, 1 Ben May.
Subs: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Romana Graham, 19 Fritz Lee, 20 Taniela Moa, 21 Mike Delany, 22 Jackson Willison.