- Seven All Blacks in starting line up to face the Chiefs

- David Havili to start at No. 10 for the Crusaders

The Crusaders travel to Hamilton on Friday ahead of their match against the Chiefs on Saturday night.  GettyImages 1203340988

Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his side for the highly-anticipated round two clash, which includes the return of All Blacks prop Joe Moody and wing George Bridge  to the starting team, for the first time in 2020. 

Codie Taylor and Sevu Reece have also been named to start this week, while Captain Scott Barrett and the midfield combination of Jack Goodhue and Braydon Ennor, remain from last week's run-on team. Forwards Tom Christie and Cullen Grace also retain their spots in the match day 23 following impressive debuts in round one.  

There is a reshuffle in the backline which sees David Havili start at first five-eighth this week in the absence of Richie Mo'unga, who will sit out this fixture as he recovers from minor knee and groin strains. Will Jordan moves to fullback as a result, and Sevu Reece will line up on the right wing. 

Kick off in the Crusaders match against the Chiefs is 7:05pm, Saturday 8th February, at FMG Stadium in Hamilton.

 

Crusaders team to play the Chiefs:

 

1.   Joe Moody

2.   Codie Taylor (VC)

3.   Oliver Jager

4.   Scott Barrett (C)

5.   Mitchell Dunshea

6.   Tom Sanders

7.   Tom Christie

8.   Whetukamokamo Douglas

9.   Mitchell Drummond

10. David Havili (VC)

11. George Bridge

12. Jack Goodhue

13. Braydon Ennor

14. Sevu Reece

15. Will Jordan

 

RESERVES:

 

16. Andrew Makalio

17. George Bower

18. Michael Alaalatoa

19. Luke Romano 

20. Cullen Grace

21. Bryn Hall

22. Brett Cameron

23. Leicester Faingaanuku