Blackadder hopes for double boost

Crusaders stars Kieran Read and Israel Dagg are likely to return for Friday’s crucial game against the Chiefs but Dan Carter may not be risked.

Coach Todd Blackadder told Fairfax News that he was optimistic about the inclusion of Read (concussion) and Dagg (ankle), but revealed that Carter is ‘touch and go’. The All Blacks flyhalf still hasn’t recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in the build-up to the third Test against Ireland.

Carter is likely to make his return to action in the Crusaders’ final league match against the Force.