10 May 2012

McCaw back to captain the Crusaders

12:36 pm on 10 May 2012

The All Black captain Richie McCaw returns to the starting lineup for the Crusaders this week for their match against the Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday.

McCaw has come off the bench in the last two weeks after recovering from foot surgery.

He'll captain the side in the number seven jersey and will be joined in the back row by Luke Whitelock at number eight, whose also making his first start for the season, as is halfback Willi Heinz.

All Blacks Andy Ellis and Kieren Read will warm the bench along with Israel Dagg, whose been replaced by Tom Marshall at fullback.

Dan Carter has again been named at second-five-eighth outside Tom Taylor.

The Crusaders are now ranked fifth in the standings.