The BNZ Crusaders arrived in Suva yesterday, ahead of their week 16 fixture against the Chiefs on Saturday night. 


Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his team for the match, which includes a return to the starting side for Kieran Read, Billy Harmon, Mitch Drummond and Braydon Ennor. Ben Funnell and Mitch Dunshea also feature in the match day 23 this week. 
 
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Image courtesy of Photosport- Official Photographer of the BNZ Crusaders
 
Harmon has earned a start this week in place of Vice-Captain Matt Todd, who has been rested. Read's return sees Whetukamokamo Douglas move from No. 8 to the blindside, and Jordan Taufua shift to the reserves. The two changes in the backline from the side that took the field against the Blues last Saturday night see Bryn Hall and George Bridge move to the bench, making way for Drummond and Ennor to start this game.

"Fijian fans love their rugby, and the locals always provide a warm welcome to the team whenever we play here," Robertson said. 

"While this is a Chiefs home game, we are fortunate to have plenty of support in Suva, and look forward to the opportunity to connect with Crusaders fans over the next few days. We love playing in the heat, it's something we'll embrace in Fiji and make the most of the experience."

Kick off in the BNZ Crusaders' Investec Super Rugby match against the Chiefs is Saturday 1 June, 7:35pm, at ANZ National Stadium in Suva, and will be televised live on Sky Sport in New Zealand.                        


BNZ Crusaders team to play the Chiefs:

1. Joe Moody RESERVES
2. Andrew Makalio 16. Ben Funnell
3. Michael Alaalatoa 17. Isi Tu'ungafasi
4. Scott Barrett 18. George Bower
5. Samuel Whitelock (C) 19. Mitchell Dunshea
6. Whetukamokamo Douglas   20. Jordan Taufua
7. Billy Harmon 21. Bryn Hall
8. Kieran Read 22. Mitchell Hunt
9. Mitchell Drummond 23. George Bridge
10. Richie Mo'unga  
11. Braydon Ennor  
12. Ryan Crotty (VC)  
13. Jack Goodhue  
14. Sevu Reece  
15. David Havili