31 Mar 2010

Crusaders coach reshuffles pack for Hurriances match

1:39 pm on 31 March 2010

The Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made four changes to his forward pack for the Hurricanes match in round eight of rugby's super 14 in Wellington on Friday night.

Wyatt Crockett's in a loosehead prop for Ben Franks, Brad Thorn at lock for Isaac Ross, Jonathan Poff at openside flanker for George Whitelock and Kieran Reed for Thomas Waldrom at number eight.

Colin Slade moves to fullback to make way for Dan Carter at first-five while Robbie Fruean's at centre for Adam Whitelock.

Meanwhile the Hurricanes' All Black wing Hosea Gear returns after being out of action since round one while recuperating from knee surgery.

He replaces Andre Taylor while Piri Weepu will start at halfback with Tyson Keats returning to the bench.