The Crusaders are on the road again this week, and will travel to Auckland tomorrow ahead of their Friday night match against the Blues at Eden Park. 

Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his side for week three of Investec Super Rugby, and it includes an unchanged line up in the tight five. 

GettyImages 1200197011In the loose forwards, an injury to Whetukamokamo Douglas means Tom Sanders will shift to No. 8, and Cullen Grace earns his first Crusaders start on the blindside. Grace's promotion to the starting side means Sione Havili comes in to the match day team for the first time in 2020, and will make his debut appearance for the Crusaders if called on in the reserves. The 22-year-old already has one Super Rugby cap to his name and, ironically, it was for the Blues against the Rebels back in 2018. 

In the backs, both Bryn Hall and Richie Mo'unga join the starting team for this game, and David Havili returns to fullback. Mitch Drummond and Will Jordan move to the bench. 

 

Kick off in the Crusaders match against the Blues is 7:05pm, Friday 14th February, at Eden Park in Auckland. 

 

Crusaders team to play the Blues:

 

1.   Joe Moody

2.   Codie Taylor (VC)

3.   Oliver Jager

4.   Scott Barrett (C)

5.   Mitchell Dunshea

6.   Cullen Grace

7.   Tom Christie

8.   Tom Sanders

9.   Bryn Hall

10. Richie Mo'unga

11. George Bridge

12. Jack Goodhue

13. Braydon Ennor

14. Sevu Reece

15. David Havili (VC)

 

RESERVES:

 

16. Andrew Makalio

17. George Bower

18. Michael Alaalatoa

19. Luke Romano 

20. Sione Havili*

21. Mitchell Drummond

22. Brett Cameron

23. Will Jordan

 

MEDIA NOTE: *denotes Crusaders debut (not Investec Super Rugby debut)