11 Jul 2013

Donnelly replaces Romano for Crusaders

5:19 am on 11 July 2013

The Crusaders have made just one injury-enforced personnel change for their final regular season Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes in Christchurch.

The All Black lock, Luke Romano, has been ruled out with an ankle injury, bringing Tom Donnelly into start in the second row with Sam Whitelock.

Jimmy Tupou will provide locking cover off the bench, while the rest of the 22 is unchanged from the side that crushed the conference-leading Chiefs 43-15 last weekend.

The Crusaders are currently sitting fourth on the points table and a win against the Hurricanes will secure home advantage in their first playoff match.

Crusaders: 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Tom Marshall, 13-Ryan Crotty, 12-Tom Taylor, 11-Zac Guildford, 10-Dan Carter, 9-Andy Ellis, 8-Kieran Read (c), 7-Matt Todd, 6-George Whitelock, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Tom Donnelly, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Owen Franks, 1-Wyatt Crockett

Reserves: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Jimmy Tupou, Luke Whitelock, Willi Heinz, Tyler Bleyendaal, Telusa Veainu\