The BNZ Crusaders will play their first away game of the 2018 season on Saturday night, when they take on the Hurricanes in Wellington. 

Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his team for the match, which includes two changes to the loose forward trio and one in the backline, from the side that took the field against the Stormers last weekend. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis will start at blindside flanker against the Hurricanes, in place of Pete Samu. Vice captain Matt Todd returns to the openside this week, having recovered from the thumb injury which kept him out of the Stormers match, and Billy Harmon moves to the bench. 

In the backs, Mitchell Hunt is set to start in the No. 10 jersey on Saturday night after Richie Mo'unga fractured his jaw in the Stormers clash. Mike Delany, who has 47 Super Rugby caps to his name, will provide cover on the bench. The only other change sees hooker Ben Funnell take a spot in the reserves this week. 

Kick off is 7:35pm, Saturday 10 March, at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Tickets for all of the BNZ Crusaders 2018 Investec Super Rugby games are available via www.ticketdirect.co.nz, or at one of Ticket Direct's official outlets. Please avoid purchasing tickets through resale sites such as Viagogo, as these tickets won't be accepted at AMI Stadium. 

 

BNZ Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes:

1.        Wyatt Crockett
RESERVES
2.        Codie Taylor 16.    Ben Funnell
3.        Michael Alaalatoa 17.    Chris King
4.        Scott Barrett 18.    Oliver Jager
5.        Sam Whitelock (C) 19.    Luke Romano
6.        Heiden Bedwell-Curtis 20.    Billy Harmon
7.        Matt Todd (VC) 21.    Mitchell Drummond
8.        Jordan Taufua 22.    Mike Delany
9.        Bryn Hall 23.    Manasa Mataele
10.      Mitchell Hunt  
11.      George Bridge  
12.      Ryan Crotty (VC)  
13.      Jack Goodhue  
14.      Seta Tamanivalu  
15.      David Havili  

 

The Crusaders Knights team will play their second match of the season this weekend, when they host the Highlanders Bravehearts development team at Linfield Park in Christchurch.

Head Coach Mark Brown has named six BNZ Crusaders squad members in his starting side for the match, as well as a further five Mitre 10 Cup representatives. 

"This is a talented young side who are looking forward to two consecutive games against the Highlanders development team and the chance to play in Christchurch this weekend with the support of a home crowd," Brown said. 

Kick off for the Crusaders Knights versus Highlanders Bravehearts match is 1:30pm, Saturday 10 March, at Linfield Park in Christchurch. 

 

Crusaders Knights team to play the Highlanders Bravehearts:

1.        Tim Perry
RESERVES
2.        Brendan Asomua-Goodman 16.    Nathan Vella
3.        Reuben O'Neill 17.    Harry Allan
4.        Quinten Strange 18.    Blair Prinsep
5.        Hamish Dalzell 19.    Ben Morris
6.        Ethan Blackadder 20.    Sam Godwin
7.        Anty Burnett 21.    Jonny Van der Valde
8.        Tom Sanders 22.    Tomas Hanham-Carter
9.        Jack Stratton (C) 23.    Takuya Yamasawa
10.      Brett Cameron  
11.      Tima Faingaanuku  
12.      James Hawkey  
13.      Braydon Ennor  
14.      Caleb Makene  
15.      Mark Maitland