Matt Todd re-signs with BNZ Crusaders and NZ Rugby

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and the BNZ Crusaders have secured the services of loose forward Matt Todd for another year, re-signing him to the end of the 2018 season.

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BNZ Crusaders team to play the Force

The BNZ Crusaders play at home again this Friday night, this time taking on the Force from Western Australia.  Head Coach Scott Robertson has made seven changes and a positional change to the starting fifteen that beat the Blues last Friday night.

Prop Wyatt Crockett and lock Luke Romano will make their first starts of the season, having made a huge impact off the bench in the previous games.  Tim Perry and Michael Alaalatoa will provide prop cover this week, and Mitchell Dunshea is primed for his BNZ Crusaders debut as lock/loose forward cover.

Scott Barrett shifts from lock to loose forward, filling the number 6 jersey.  Matt Todd returns from his calf strain to play at 7, and Jordan Taufua shifts to number 8.

The halfbacks have rotated so that Mitchell Drummond gets the start this week and Bryn Hall takes a spot in the reserves.

Tim Bateman steps in at centre, while Digby Ioane returns from a finger injury to play on the wing. Marty McKenzie and Manasa Mataele provide backs cover this week.

BNZ Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson said he is expecting a tough challenge from the Force on Friday night: "They are fresh from a bye, which generally gives a team a bit of an edge, and our games against the Force have traditionally been really tight.  We know we will need to be on form on Friday night but we are up for the challenge.  The crowd support at our last home game was phenomenal and really gave the team a lift, so we can't wait to get out in front of our supporters again this Friday."

Kick off is at 7:35pm Friday night, at Christchurch's AMI Stadium.  Tickets are available through ticketdirect.co.nz or by downloading the Ticket Direct app.

BNZ Crusaders team to play the Blues:

1.  Wyatt Crockett
2.  Codie Taylor  
3.  Owen Franks
4.  Luke Romano
5.  Sam Whitelock (C)
6.  Scott Barrett
7.  Matt Todd (VC)
8.  Jordan Taufua
9.  Mitchell Drummond
10. Mitchell Hunt
11. George Bridge
12. Ryan Crotty (VC)
13. Tim Bateman
14. Digby Ioane
15. David Havili

RESERVES
16. Ben Funnell
17. Tim Perry
18. Michael Alaalatoa
19. Mitchell Dunshea
20. Pete Samu
21. Bryn Hall
22. Marty McKenzie
23. Manasa Mataele

BNZ Crusaders team to play the Blues

The BNZ Crusaders will host the Blues at AMI Stadium this Friday night, and Head Coach Scott Robertson has made seven changes to the starting side that beat the Reds last weekend.

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BNZ Crusaders team to play the Reds

The BNZ Crusaders cross the ditch this week to take on the Reds in Brisbane, with three players set to make their BNZ Crusaders debut on Saturday night.

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BNZ Crusaders stun Highlanders 30-27 with late flurry of tries in Dunedin

BNZ Crusaders stun Pulse Energy Highlanders 30-27 with late flurry of tries in Dunedin... It will be remembered by Highlanders fans as the one that got away. 

The Crusaders, like thieves in the night, stormed back from a 27-6 deficit to win 30-27 in Dunedin tonight. Crusaders winger Seta Tamanivalu sealed the win, which seemed most unlikely even 15 minutes earlier, when he streaked down the right-hand sideline and touched down with a couple of minutes to play.

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