22 Mar 2012

Carter on bench for Crusaders match

9:19 am on 22 March 2012

There are two changes to the Crusaders forward pack for Saturday's Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs at Christchurch's new stadium, while All Black Dan Carter makes his long awaited return from the bench.

Sam and Luke Whitelock, who were in the reserves in the Crusaders loss to the Chiefs, are starting at lock and blindside flanker respectively.

Tom Taylor gets his first start at first five in place of Tyler Bleyendaal and Carter has entered the mix for the first time this year, and will start from the bench.

Israel Dagg returns to his preferred position of fullback with Sean Maitland and Zac Guildford take the wings, while Ryan Crotty returns from injury at second five eight.