14 Apr 2011

Blackadder says Reado needs a break

8:09 am on 14 April 2011

The Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has his fingers crossed All Black captain Richie McCaw gets through tomorrow night's Super Rugby clash with the Chiefs as some of his other loosies are desperate for a rest.

McCaw returns to action off the bench following an operation on a stress fracture in his foot in early February.

In his absense, Kieren Read, Matt Todd and George Whitelock have done an outstanding job for the inform Crusaders, how Blackadder admits some players probably need a short break.

Meanwhile Dan Carter has been forced out of the starting lineup after reinjuring his hamstring at training yesterday.

Matt Berquist will again start in his place.