2 Mar 2011

SBW to start for Crusaders against Waratahs

9:55 am on 2 March 2011

The All Black midfielder Sonny Bill Williams will play his first game for the Crusaders on Friday night after being named to start at second five eighth for their Super rugby match against the New South Wales Waratahs in Nelson.

Williams has recovered from a stress fracture in his foot and will start alongside Robbie Fruean in the midfield.

Williams played seven games for Canterbury in last season's ITM Cup and made the All Blacks squad for the end of year tour to the United Kingdom.

Adam Whitelock, who played second-five in the round one match against the Blues, moves to the left wing, replacing the injured Tu Umaga-Marshall.

Two other changes occur to the make-up of the reserves, with Tasman player Quentin MacDonald back from a knee injury to take his place as reserve hooker.

Another Tasman player, Tom Marshall, replaces back Tyler Bleyendaal in the number 22 jersey.

The Crusaders players will be wearing the red and white jersey of the West Coast for the match in tribute to the 29 miners who lost their lives at Pike River.

The special edition adidas jersey features the West Coast Rugby Union emblem alongside the Crusaders logo.

These jerseys will be signed by the player who wore it and auctioned off on website TradeMe to raise money for the Pike River Mine families.

The Crusaders team to play the Waratahs at Trafalgar Park, Nelson, on Friday March 4th is:

1. Wyatt Crockett

2. Corey Flynn

3. Owen Franks

4. Brad Thorn

5. Sam Whitelock

6. George Whitelock

7. Matt Todd

8. Kieran Read (Capt)

9. Andy Ellis

10. Daniel Carter

11. Adam Whitelock

12. Sonny Bill Williams

13. Robbie Fruean

14. Sean Maitland

15. Israel Dagg


16. Quentin MacDonald

17. Ben Franks

18. Chris Jack

19. Jonathan Poff

20. Willi Heinz

21. Matt Berquist

22. Tom Marshall