14 Jul 2017

Crusaders rotate front row for Hurricanes clash

7:02 am on 14 July 2017

The Crusaders will rest there All Blacks front rowers, Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Owen Franks for their clash against the Hurricanes this weekend.

Crusaders players celebrate as full-time is called in the 20-12 win over the Hurricanes.

When the two sides meet earlier this year The Crusaders won 20 -12. Photo: PhotoSport

The trio who started all three tests against the British and Irish Lions have been left out of the starting lineup are being rested on advice from medical staff.

The side will still have seven All Blacks in its starting lineup including Israel Dagg and Keiran read - Sam Whitelock is on the bench.

Ryan Crotty is still out of action with a hamstring injury he suffered in the first Lions test, but should be back for the quarterfinal next weekend.

A win tomorrow night would assure the Crusaders finish top of the table and get home advantage through the playoffs.

Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, David Havili, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd (captain), Jordan Taufua, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Michael Alaalatoa, Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry, Oliver Jager, Sam Whitelock, Jed Brown, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, Sean Wainui.