9 Apr 2015

Highlanders unchanged, Crusaders make 3 changes

4:06 pm on 9 April 2015

Contrasting approaches to Saturday's Super Rugby derby in Christchurch - the visiting Highlanders have named an unchanged side while the Crusaders only leave their backline unchanged.

Crusaders captain Kieran Read

Crusaders captain Kieran Read Photo: Photosport

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes in the forwards to face the Highlanders, with Joe Moody and Owen Franks the starting props this week, and Alex Hodgman and Nepo Laulala providing cover from the bench.

Jimmy Tupou starts at lock this week alongside Sam Whitelock, and Scott Barrett is in the reserves.

Colin Slade (L) and fellow Crusaders All Black Matt Todd

Colin Slade (L) and fellow Crusaders All Black Matt Todd Photo: Photosport

The Crusaders have returned from their South African trip after thrashing the Sharks in Durban while the Highlanders return from a week off for the bye.

Also taking a spot on the bench is Daniel Carter, who has returned from paternity leave. Richie McCaw also rides the pine.

The game will be Owen Franks' 100th game for the Crusaders.


1 Joe Moody

2 Ben Funnell

3 Owen Franks

4 Jimmy Tupou

5 Sam Whitelock

6 Jordan Taufua

7 Matt Todd

8 Kieran Read (c)

9 Andy Ellis

10 Colin Slade

11 Nemani Nadolo

12 Ryan Crotty

13 Kieron Fonotia

14 David Havili

15 Israel Dagg


16 Codie Taylor

17 Alex Hodgman

18 Nepo Laulala

19 Scott Barrett

20 Richie McCaw

21 Mitchell Drummond

22 Dan Carter

23 Nafi Tuitavake


1. Brendon Edmonds

2. Ash Dixon

3. Josh Hohneck

4. Tom Franklin

5. Joe Wheeler

6. Elliot Dixon

7. James Lentjes

8. Nasi Manu ( c )

9. Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Patrick Osborne

12. Shaun Treeby

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Waisake Naholo

15. Ben Smith ( c )


16. Liam Coltman

17. Daniel Lienert-Brown

18. Pingi Tala'apitaga

19. Mark Reddish

20. Dan Pryor

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Marty Banks

23. Jason Emery