4 Apr 2014

Read out of Lions match

6:13 am on 4 April 2014

Captain Kieran Read has been left out of the Crusaders side to take on the Lions in Johannesburg in their Super Rugby clash on Sunday morning.

Read suffered a head knock against the Hurricanes last weekend and wasn't cleared to play.

Luke Whitelock will now play at number eight and George Whitelock comes in at six.

Ryan Crotty takes over the captaincy.

Dominic Bird replaces the injured Luke Romano at lock, while 2 backs get their first starts of the season - Kieron Fonotia at centre and Nemani Nadolo on the wing.

Crusaders team to play the Lions:

1. Wyatt Crockett

2. Ben Funnell

3. Owen Franks

4. Dominic Bird

5. Samuel Whitelock

6. George Whitelock (VC)

7. Matt Todd

8. Luke Whitelock

9. Andy Ellis

10. Colin Slade

11. Johnny McNicholl

12. Ryan Crotty (C)

13. Kieron Fonotia

14. Nemani Nadolo

15. Israel Dagg


16. Corey Flynn

17. Daniel Lienert-Brown

18. Nepo Laulala

19. Jimmy Tupou

20. Jordan Taufua

21. Willi Heinz

22. Tyler Bleyendaal

23. Tom Taylor