16 Jun 2014

Crusaders team named to play England

11:28 am on 16 June 2014

The Crusaders have named close to their strongest available side to take on the touring English in Christchurch on Tuesday night.

Flanker Matt Todd has been released by the All Blacks and will take his place on the bench.

Lock Joel Everson will make his debut, while fellow lock Scott Barrett, younger brother of Beauden Barrett, could also make his debut if he comes off the bench.

Packing down in the front row will be Tim Perry, Corey Flynn and Nepo Laulala, while prop Joe Moody has been named in the reserves for his first game since he broke his leg in last year's ITM Cup final.

Willi Heinz starts at halfback with Andy Ellis on the bench. Tyler Bleyendaal is at first five and Tom Taylor at fullback.

Coach Todd Blackadder says there's a real feeling of excitement amongst the team about facing the England team at home.

Blackadder says for players this is a great chance to pit themselves against one of the world's best international sides.


1 Tim Perry

2 Corey Flynn

3 Nepo Laulala

4 Jimmy Tupou

5 Joel Everson

6 Jordan Taufua

7 George Whitelock (c)

8 Luke Whitelock

9 Willi Heinz

10 Tyler Bleyendaal

11 Nafi Tuitavake

12 Kieron Fonotia

13 Reynold Lee-Lo

14 Johnny McNicholl

15 Tom Taylor


16 Ben Funnell

17 Joe Moody

18 Siate Tokolahi

19 Scott Barrett

20 Matt Todd

21 Andy Ellis

22 Adam Whitelock

23 Rob Thompson