Carter back for crucial match

Flyhalf Dan Carter has been pushed into the Crusaders’ starting side for the must-win fixture against the Chiefs.

Carter missed the third Test against Ireland and was forced to miss the Crusaders’ match against the Hurricanes. He was expected to sit out of the Kiwi derby in Hamilton, but it’s believed that he has recovered sufficiently from his hamstring injury.

No 8 Kieran Read and fullback Israel Dagg are also back from injury. Read’s return sees Richie McCaw moving back to openside flank and Matt Todd shifting to the bench. Dagg replaces Sean Maitland at fullback.

Up front, Wyatt Crockett makes way for Owen Franks.

Crusaders – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Owen Franks.
Subs: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Matt Todd, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tom Taylor, 22 Sean Maitland.