NZ latest – Richie returns

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Richie returns - Richie McCaw has recovered from a foot injury and will captain the Crusaders in the semi-final against the Stormers. McCaw was forced to withdraw on the eve of the league-phase match in May, but now leads a vastly superior side to the one they fielded then. The flanker replaces Matt Todd in the starting line-up.

No 8 Kieran Read also returns from an ankle injury for the Cape Town crunch match, the winners of which move on to face either the Reds or the Blues in the final.

Hooker Corey Flynn will mark a milestone with his 100th game for the side.

Crusaders – 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (capt), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Matt Todd, 20 Kahn Foutali’i, 21 Matt Berquist, 22 Ryan Crotty.