The BNZ Crusaders will play their final match of the pre-season this Thursday, when they travel to Waimumu to play the Highlanders in the annual Farmlands Cup fixture between the sides.


Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his 29-man squad for the match at Fred Booth Park, which includes nine current All Blacks in the starting fifteen. Sam Whitelock returns to captain the side for the first time in the 2018 season, supported by vice-captains Matt Todd and Ryan Crotty.

2018 will be the third year the BNZ Crusaders and Highlanders have contested the Farmlands Cup. In 2016, the inaugural match in Waimumu ended in a 19-all draw, while the BNZ Crusaders won last year's pre-season game in Darfield. Tickets for the match in Southland are sold out, with 8000  expected to attend. 

The winning side will once again receive $5000 from Farmlands, to be donated to a charity of their choice. Should the BNZ Crusaders take out the match on Thursday, $5000 will go to the Rural Support Trust. 
 
Kick off is 6pm, Thursday 15 February, at Fred Booth Park in Waimumu, Gore. 

Tickets for all of the BNZ Crusaders 2018 Investec Super Rugby games are now on sale via www.ticketdirect.co.nz

 
BNZ Crusaders team to play the Highlanders:

1.        Wyatt Crockett
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2.        Codie Taylor Ezekiel Lindenmuth
3.        Michael Alaalatoa Chris King
4.        Scott Barrett Ben Funnell
5.        Sam Whitelock (C) Oliver Jager
6.        Peter Samu Luke Romano
7.        Matt Todd (VC) Quinten Strange
8.        Jordan Taufua Heiden Bedwell-Curtis
9.        Bryn Hall Billy Harmon
10.      Richie Mo’unga Mitchell Drummond
11.      Braydon Ennor Mitchell Hunt
12.      Ryan Crotty (VC) Jone Macilai
13.      Jack Goodhue Tim Bateman
14.      Seta Tamanivalu Manasa Mataele
15.      David Havili George Bridge