BNZ Crusaders team named to play the Jaguares in Buenos Aires
- Published: 05 April 2018
The BNZ Crusaders are in Buenos Aires for the first time this week, where they are preparing to take on the Jaguares at Estadio Jose Amalfitani on Saturday night (Sunday morning NZ time).
Head Coach Scott Robertson has made two changes, and one positional change, to his starting forward pack for this game. The BNZ Crusaders' latest Super Rugby centurion Luke Romano has been promoted to the starting line-up and will partner Sam Whitelock. In the loose forwards Tom Sanders moves from the bench to the starting side and will wear the No. 6 jersey, while Heiden Bedwell-Curtis moves to No. 8.
In the backs, Tim Bateman has been named at centre in place of Jack Goodhue, who has returned home to New Zealand with a hamstring injury. On the right wing, Manasa Mataele earns the starting spot this week, off the back of strong performances in recent rounds.
On the bench, Otago prop Donald Brighouse comes in to the reserves, after Oliver Jager was forced to withdraw from the remainder of the tour through injury. Meanwhile Pete Samu has made a successful return from injury, joining the team in Buenos Aires; Samu will wear the No. 20 jersey on Saturday night. Finally, after making his debut against the Bulls in Christchurch two weeks ago, Braydon Ennor could also run on to the park in Argentina this weekend - the 20-year old has been named on the bench.
Kick off is 6:40pm, Saturday 7 April, at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires (9:40am, Sunday 8 April for fans in New Zealand).
BNZ Crusaders team to play the Jaguares:
|2. Codie Taylor||16. Ben Funnell|
|3. Michael Alaalatoa||17. Donald Brighouse|
|4. Luke Romano||18. Chris King|
|5. Sam Whitelock (C)||19. Quinten Strange|
|6. Tom Sanders||20. Pete Samu|
|7. Matt Todd (VC)||21. Mitchell Drummond|
|8. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis||22. Mike Delany|
|9. Bryn Hall||23. Braydon Ennor|
|10. Mitchell Hunt|
|11. George Bridge|
|12. Ryan Crotty (VC)|
|13. Tim Bateman|
|14. Manasa Mataele|
|15. David Havili|