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Hall set to play his 100th game, as Crusaders team is named to face the Blues

Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall will lead the team out on to Eden Park on Sunday afternoon, for what will be his 100th Super Rugby Club game. 


Hall, who made 32 appearances for the Blues at the start of his career, and has a further 67 so far in red and black, will notch up his 100th game in front of family and friends in Auckland, when the Crusaders take on the Blues in the highly-anticipated match between the two sides in Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa. 


Head Coach Scott Robertson confirmed the switch between Hall and fellow halfback, Mitch Drummond, is the only change in the backline this week.


Meanwhile, in the forwards, there is a change at loosehead prop with Joe Moody named to start and George Bower moving to the reserves. Tighthead prop Oliver Jager returns to the side this week, having recovered from the ankle injury he sustained in the Farmlands Cup pre-season game. Jager will join Bower as prop cover on the bench. 


There is a positional change in the loose forwards to face the Blues, with Ethan Blackadder re-joining the starting team in the number six jersey, and Sione Havili Talitui moving to the openside after Tom Christie dislocated his shoulder against the Chiefs last weekend. Cullen Grace also returns to the starting team this week at Number 8. 


Kick off in the Crusaders game against the Blues is 3:35pm, Sunday 21 March, at Eden Park in Auckland. The match will also be televised live on Sky Sport.

Crusaders team to play the Blues:

1.  Joe Moody

2.  Codie Taylor (VC)

3.  Michael Alaalatoa

4.  Scott Barrett (C)

5.  Samuel Whitelock

6.  Ethan Blackadder

7.  Sione Havili Talitui

8.  Cullen Grace

9.  Bryn Hall*

10. Richie Mo'unga

11. Leicester Fainga’anuku

12. David Havili (VC)

13. Jack Goodhue

14. Sevu Reece

15. Will Jordan



16. Brodie McAlister

17. George Bower

18. Oliver Jager

19. Mitchell Dunshea

20. Whetukamokamo Douglas

21. Mitchell Drummond

22. Fergus Burke

23. Dallas McLeod


*denotes 100th Super Rugby Club game