14 May 2009

Crusaders make late change

1:08 pm on 14 May 2009

The All Black lock Brad Thorn has been ruled out of the Crusaders Super 14 match against the Blues at Eden Park.

Thorn suffered a hamstring strain at training today.

He's been replaced by Michael Patterson in the second row... otherise it is an unchanged side from that which beat the Queensland Reds.

A bonus point victory will be enough to secure the Canterbury-based franchise a spot in the top four play-offs for the eighth straight season.