Franks bros switch for Kiwi semi

Tighthead prop Ben Franks will start ahead of brother Owen in the only change to the Crusaders for Friday’s play-off in Hamilton.

Ben replaces Owen in the front row after the latter started against the Bulls last week. Coach Todd Blackadder has made no other changes to the side that thumped the South Africans.

As reported earlier this week, Kieran Read is unavailable because of a rib injury. Richie McCaw will continue to play No 8 in Read’s absence while Matt Todd will retain the No 7 jersey.

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