Crusaders rotate heavies
7 Mar 2012
Todd Blackadder has made three changes and one positional switch to the Crusaders pack ahead of their match against the Chiefs on Friday.
World Cup-winning front-rowers Owen Franks and Corey Flynn start for the first time this season, while Luke Romano comes into the second row. Sam Whitelock moves to the bench for this clash, meaning Tom Donnelly will shift to No 5 and Romano will start at No 4.
Blackadder has also opted to hand Zac Guildford his first start of 2012. Guildford made his return from suspension off the bench last week, and will now start against the Chiefs in a back three that includes Sean Maitland and Israel Dagg. Interestingly, Blackadder has decided that Maitland will replace Tom Marshall at fullback and not Israel Dagg.
Crusaders – 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Adam Whitelock, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Ben Franks.
Subs: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Sam Whitelock, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tom Taylor, 22 Tom Marshall.