23 Apr 2015

Four changes for Crusaders

6:38 pm on 23 April 2015

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made four changes for their ANZAC Day derby against the Blues on Saturday night at AMI Stadium.

The Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Ryan Crotty has recovered from a head knock and will start at centre, while Mitchell Drummond will start at halfback.

Andy Ellis and Kieron Fonotia move into the reserves.

In the forward pack, Codie Taylor starts at hooker this week, while Owen Franks is the tighthead prop, with Ben Funnell and Nepo Laulala shifting onto the bench.


1 Wyatt Crockett

2 Codie Taylor

3 Owen Franks

4 Luke Romano

5 Sam Whitelock

6 Jordan Taufua

7 Richie McCaw

8 Kieran Read (c)

9 Mitchell Drummond

10 Colin Slade

11 Nemani Nadolo

12 Dan Carter

13 Ryan Crotty

14 David Havili

15 Tom Taylor


16 Ben Funnell

17 Joe Moody

18 Nepo Laulala

19 Jimmy Tupou

20 Matt Todd

21 Andy Ellis

22 Kieron Fonotia

23 Nafi Tuitavake