The Crusaders have named the squad that will take on the Highlanders at Super Rugby Pacific’s Super Round in Melbourne. The team run out onto AAMI Park on Friday 3 March at 6:00pm AEDT (8:00pm NZDT).
We head into Round 2 with opportunities for learning and growth following Round 1 versus the Chiefs at home in Christchurch.
Scott Robertson, Crusaders Head Coach, said the team was focusing on “getting our week right, getting our daily habits right, getting our performances right.”
“There were some awesome efforts last week, and a couple of things we need to get better at,” Robertson said.
Sam Whitelock returns to play in a big motivational move for the team. The All Blacks centurion will bring maturity and more than a decade of experience onto the grass.
“It’s great to have him back around the group, you know, 14 years’ experience – we all know how important he is for us,” Robertson said.
After a starring debut at Orangetheory Stadium last week, Christian Lio-Willie takes a spot in the starting XV, while Cullen Grace undergoes further assessment after sustaining an injury versus the Chiefs.