The BNZ Crusaders will host the Emirates Lions in Christchurch this Saturday night, in the Investec Super Rugby Final. The match will be the first time the Crusaders have played a Final on home soil since 2008.

Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his team for the match, and there is just one change from the starting XV that took the field in last weekend's Semi-Final against the Hurricanes, and one change on the reserves bench.

In the No. 6 jersey, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis will start, in place of injured loose forward Jordan Taufua, who fractured his arm in the Semi-Final. Last weekend's reserve hooker, Seb Siataga, also fractured his arm in that match and has been replaced by Sam Anderson-Heather as back up to Codie Taylor.

In total, 19 of the BNZ Crusaders' match day 23 named for this Saturday, were also involved in last year's Final against the same opposition in Johannesburg.

Kick off is 7:35pm, Saturday 4 August, at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.


BNZ Crusaders team to play the Emirates Lions:


1.   Joe Moody    
2.   Codie Taylor    
3.   Owen Franks    
4.   Scott Barrett    
5.   Sam Whitelock (C)    
6.   Heiden Bedwell-Curtis    
7.   Matt Todd (VC)
8.   Kieran Read
9.   Bryn Hall
10. Richie Mo'unga
11. George Bridge
12. Ryan Crotty (VC)
13. Jack Goodhue
14. Seta Tamanivalu
15. David Havili

RESERVES
16.  Sam Anderson-Heather
17.  Tim Perry
18.  Michael Alaalatoa
19.  Luke Romano
20.  Pete Samu
21.  Mitchell Drummond
22.  Mitchell Hunt
23.  Braydon Ennor