The BNZ Crusaders will travel south to play the Highlanders in Dunedin this weekend, and Head Coach Scott Robertson has made eight changes to the squad of 23 that beat the Brumbies in last weekend's opening round of Super Rugby.

There are two changes in the forwards - the first is at hooker, with Codie Taylor and Ben Funnell rotating so that Taylor takes the starting spot this Saturday night.  The other change is in the loose forwards, with Matt Todd returning to wear the seven jersey and Jed Brown on the bench.

In the backs, Seta Tamanivalu shifts to the left wing, allowing Israel Dagg to move from fullback to the right wing.  David Havili steps in at fullback, and Mitchell Hunt will start at first five following Richie Mo'unga's hand injury.  

Marty McKenzie takes a spot in the reserves as backs cover, and halfback Mitchell Drummond returns from his broken leg to take a seat on the bench.

The BNZ Crusaders will travel to Dunedin tomorrow and kick off is at 7:35pm on Saturday night at Forsyth Barr Stadium.


BNZ Crusaders team to play the Highlanders:

1.  Joe Moody
2.  Codie Taylor  
3.  Owen Franks
4.  Scott Barrett
5.  Sam Whitelock (C)
6.  Jordan Taufua
7.  Matt Todd (VC)
8.  Whetu Douglas 
9.  Bryn Hall 
10. Mitchell Hunt 
11. Seta Tamanivalu 
12. Ryan Crotty (VC)
13. Jack Goodhue 
14. Israel Dagg 
15. David Havili

RESERVES 
16. Ben Funnell 
17. Wyatt Crockett
18. Michael Alaalatoa
19. Luke Romano
20. Jed Brown 
21. Mitchell Drummond 
22. Marty McKenzie 
23. George Bridge
 
ENDS


 

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