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. 

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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:

 

1.        Wyatt Crockett
RESERVES
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