ABs return for pre-season clash

The Crusaders have promoted three more All Blacks to their starting line-up while the Hurricanes have recalled Cory Jane for the warm-up clash in Mangatainoka this Saturday.

All Blacks Owen Franks, Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg will all start for the Crusaders this week. Meanwhile, Adam Whitelock replaces Ryan Crotty who injured his hamstring in the last hit-out against the Highlanders. Coach Todd Blackadder has also opted for Tom Taylor at flyhalf.

Jane is promoted to the Hurricanes’ starting line-up after playing off the bench against the Blues last week. Beauden Barrett will start at flyhalf for the Wellington-based franchise.

Crusaders – 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Adam Whitelock, 11 Israel Dagg, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Ross Kennedy, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Quentin MacDonald, 1 Wyatt Crockett (c).
Subs: Corey Flynn, Ben Franks, Tom Donnelly, Luke Romano, Joe Wheeler, Brendon O’Connor, Kieran Read, Ben Funnell, Andy Ellis, Tyler Bleyeendal, Sean Maitland, Mitchell Scott, James Schrader.

Hurricanes – 15 Cory Jane, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Alapati Leiua, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tristan Moran.
Subs: David Hall, Ben May, Reggie Goodes, Michael Bent, Motu Matu’u, James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush, Scott Fuglistaller, Mike Coman, TJ Perenara, Chris Eaton, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Jayden Hayward, Andre Taylor.