18 Apr 2014

Three changes for Crusaders

5:34 am on 18 April 2014

The Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes to his starting XV to play the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.

In the forwards, Owen Franks and Nepo Laulala have switched places again so that Franks takes the number 3 jersey this week and Laulala takes a place on the bench.

Jordan Taufua starts for the first time this season at number 6, with Luke Whitelock on the bench, while Tom Taylor also starts, the versatile All Black playing at centre this week.

Missing due to injury are Richie McCaw, Luke Romano, Kieron Fonotia and Joe Moody.


1. Wyatt Crockett

2. Corey Flynn

3. Owen Franks

4. Dominic Bird

5. Samuel Whitelock

6. Jordan Taufua

7. Matt Todd

8. Kieran Read (c)

9. Willi Heinz

10. Colin Slade

11. Nemani Nadolo

12. Ryan Crotty

13. Tom Taylor

14. Johnny McNicholl

15. Israel Dagg


16. Ben Funnell

17. Tim Perry

18. Nepo Laulala

19. Jimmy Tupou

20. Luke Whitelock

21. Andy Ellis

22. Tyler Bleyendaal

23. Adam Whitelock