Five changes to Crusaders team to play the Chiefs

The Crusaders play a derby at home again this week, this time against the Chiefs. Todd Blackadder has made five changes to the team that was beaten by the Highlanders last Saturday night.

Wyatt Crockett and Nepo Laulala will be the starting props on Friday night, with Joe Moody and Owen Franks as cover.

Luke Romano returns to lock and Jimmy Tupou will take a spot on the bench.

Richie McCaw and Matt Todd have again rotated so that McCaw starts at 7 this week.

The only change in the backs is at second five, where Dan Carter takes Ryan Crotty’s spot. Crotty is recovering from a head knock received in the Highlanders match.

Crusaders team to play the Chiefs:

1 Wyatt Crockett RESERVES
2 Ben Funnell 16 Codie Taylor
3 Nepo Laulala 17 Joe Moody
4 Luke Romano 18 Owen Franks
5 Sam Whitelock 19 Jimmy Tupou
6 Jordan Taufua 20 Matt Todd
7 Richie McCaw 21 Mitchell Drummond
8 Kieran Read (c) 22 Tom Taylor
9 Andy Ellis 23 Nafi Tuitavake
10 Colin Slade
11 Nemani Nadolo
12 Dan Carter
13 Kieron Fonotia
14 David Havili
15 Israel Dagg

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