Crusaders change three

RICHARD FERGUSON updates followers of the latest Super Rugby news from New Zealand.

Crusaders change three

Sam and Adam Whitelock have the unique opportunity to both play their 50th match for the Crusaders against the Highlanders on Saturday. Sam has been named in the starting line-up while Adam will have to wait his turn to run onto the park for his half century.

Sam Whitelock’s return to the starting fifteen is one of three changes which also see Matt Todd return to the loose trio and Zac Guildford start on the wing.

The Crusaders come off a shock loss to the Force last week and will want to hit right back against the struggling Highlanders to ensure they remain in touch with the top teams.

Crusaders: 15. Israel Dagg, 14. Tom Marshall, 13. Robbie Fruean, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Tyler Bleyendaal, 9. Andy Ellis; 8. Luke Whitelock, 7. Matt Todd, 6. George Whitelock, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Corey Flynn, 1, Wyatt Crockett. Substitutes: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Joe Moody, 18. Dominic Bird, 19. Jordan Taufua, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tom Taylor, 22. Adam Whitelock

By Richard Ferguson