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Game Preview | Crusaders v Chiefs






















The Chiefs are traveling to Christchurch for what is set to be an epic start to Super Rugby Pacific 2023!

Key Team News

Ethan Blackadder and Cullen Grace both return from injury to suit up for the red and black this week while David Havili makes the move to fullback in Will Jordan's absence. 

We have a pair of potential debutants in the form of Macca Springer from Tasman and Christian Lio-Willie from Otago.

Willie Heinz returns to a Crusaders' squad for the first time since 2015 and will bring a wealth of experience to the side this season.

Last Hit Out

Crusaders’ fans will look back fondly on the last time we played the Chiefs. It was the penultimate game of last year’s Super Rugby Pacific Semi-Final. Final Score 20-7 to the Crusaders. Check out the highlights below.

Game Highlights

Match Ups

The return of Damian Mckenzie will bring about an exciting matchup at number 10, with two dynamic, pacey and skilled players squaring off. Richie Mo'unga will be sure to be a standout for the Crusaders, with the first five entering his final season with the franchise.

Tom Christie will also square off with All Blacks skipper Sam Cane and will look to get off to a strong start this season after a spectacular Super Rugby Pacific 2022, where he was named the top tackler of the entire tournament.

Key Info

Referee: Ben O'Keefe

Where: Orangetheory Stadium

When: 7:05pm Kickoff | Friday Night

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