Whitelock to lead Crusaders

George Whitelock will skipper the Crusaders in their warm-up game against the Hurricanes in Timaru.

Richie McCaw is on a six-month sabbatical, and prominent All Blacks such as Kieran Read, Dan Carter and Israel Dagg will only be introduced in the next couple of weeks.

Whitelock leads a team that includes a number of new faces, with Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Dominic Bird, Shane Christie, Jordan Taufua, Jeremy Su’a and Kieran Fonotia all set to get their first run for the Canterbury franchise.

Crusaders – 15 Tom Marshall, 14 James Schrader, 13 Kieran Fonotia, 12 Robbie Fruean, 11 Shayne Anderson, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Jeremy Su’a, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Shane Christie, 6 George Whitelock (c), 5 Joel Everson, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Subs: Paea Fa’anunu, Adrian Barone, Mitch Graham, Ben Funnell, Jimmy Tupou, Matt Simons, Luke Whitelock, Matt Todd, Andy Ellis, Tyrone Elkington, Kolio Hifo, Stephen Burt.