BNZ Crusaders team named to play the Hurricanes in Wellington
- Published: 08 March 2018
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.
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BNZ Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes:
|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:
|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|