The BNZ Crusaders are preparing to host southern neighbours, the Highlanders, this Friday night in Christchurch and they are set to welcome back key members of the squad for their Quarter Final clash at Orangetheory Stadium.

The Crusaders' All Blacks front row will start for the first time this season, with Codie Taylor and Owen Franks returning to the run-on side. Andrew Makalio and Michael 190406CrusadersvBrumbiesMH 52Alaalatoa move to the reserves. 

In the backs Braydon Ennor, who scored a hat-trick of tries in the Crusaders' last regular season game against the Rebels on 8 June, will take a spot on the bench this week, making way for George Bridge to return to the starting line up. 

The only other changes to the match day side see Mitch Drummond and Mitch Hunt return in the reserves.


Kick off in the BNZ Crusaders' Investec Super Rugby Quarter Final against the Highlanders is Friday 21 June, 7:35pm, at Orangetheory Stadium in Addington. Tickets are available via Ticket Rocket.                      

BNZ Crusaders team to play the Highlanders:

1. Joe Moody RESERVES
2. Codie Taylor 16. Andrew Makalio
3. Owen Franks 17. Tim Perry
4. Scott Barrett 18. Michael Alaalatoa
5. Samuel Whitelock (C) 19. Luke Romano
6. Whetukamokamo Douglas   20. Jordan Taufua
7. Matt Todd (VC) 21. Mitchell Drummond
8. Kieran Read 22. Mitchell Hunt
9. Bryn Hall 23. Braydon Ennor
10. Richie Mo'unga  
11. George Bridge  
12. Ryan Crotty (VC)  
13. Jack Goodhue  
14. Sevu Reece  
15. David Havili