BNZ Crusaders team named to take on the Rebels in Melbourne
- Published: 02 May 2018
The BNZ Crusaders have remained in Australia this week, where they are preparing for their round 12 clash against the Rebels on Friday night.
Head Coach Scott Robertson has made three changes in the forward pack and four in the backs, as well as a positional change which sees Seta Tamanivalu shift from the left to the right wing, in his starting side to face the Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne. The match day 23 includes three players - Richie Mo'unga, Jack Goodhue and Mitchell Dunshea - who will make their return from injury this week.
In the front row, Wyatt Crockett comes in to the starting team for what will be his 195th Investec Super Rugby appearance, in place of injured loosehead prop Tim Perry. 20-year-old Harry Allan provides cover on the bench, having made his debut less than two weeks ago against the Sunwolves. At hooker Andrew Makalio and Codie Taylor rotate for this game, so that Makalio takes the starting spot.
At blindside flanker, Melbourne-born Pete Samu earns a start this week, and Heiden Bedwell-Curtis has been named in the reserves.
In the back line, Mitchell Drummond will wear the No. 9 jersey against the Rebels and Bryn Hall provides cover on the bench, while Richie Mo'unga returns at first five-eighth having recovered from the fractured jaw he suffered back in round three.
A reshuffle in the outside backs sees Seta Tamanivalu moves from the left to right wing this week in place of Israel Dagg, and George Bridge comes on to the left wing. Jack Goodhue is also set to make his return from injury at AAMI Park, and will slot in at centre.
Kick off is 9:45pm (NZT), Friday 4 May, at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
BNZ Crusaders team to play the Rebels:
|2. Andrew Makalio||16. Codie Taylor|
|3. Owen Franks||17. Harry Allan|
|4. Scott Barrett||18. Michael Alaalatoa|
|5. Sam Whitelock (C)||19. Mitchell Dunshea|
|6. Pete Samu||20. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis|
|7. Matt Todd (VC)||21. Bryn Hall|
|8. Jordan Taufua||22. Mitchell Hunt|
|9. Mitchell Drummond||23. Manasa Mataele|
|10. Richie Mo'unga|
|11. George Bridge|
|12. Ryan Crotty (VC)|
|13. Jack Goodhue|
|14. Seta Tamanivalu|
|15. David Havili|