The Crusaders Development XV will play their first match of 2020 tomorrow afternoon in Wellington,  and Co-Coaches Reuben Thorne and Mark Brown have today confirmed their side to face the Hurricanes Hunters.

The majority of the development team has been part of the Crusaders environment during the pre-season, and 10 players in the match day side are current members of the 2020 Investec Super Rugby squad. 

Coach Reuben Thorne said: "It's fantastic to have this group of players together, sharing knowledge and experience as we prepare for the first of three matches against New Zealand development sides. 

"For those players in the Crusaders squad, the game time and match fitness from these fixtures is extremely valuable, while for those currently in the training environment, it's an opportunity to test their capabilities against the next generation of talent in this country."

Kick off in the Crusaders Development XV match against the Hurricanes Hunters is 1pm, Saturday 15th February, at Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua. 


Crusaders Development XV to play Hurricanes Hunters:


1.   Isi Tuungafasi

2.   Brodie McAlister

3.   Tamaiti Williams

4.   Sam Darry

5.   Antonio Shalfoon

6.   Hugh Renton

7.   Jacob Norris

8.   Ethan Roots

9.   Ereatara Enari

10. Rameka Poihipi

11. Leicester Faingaanuku

12. Dallas McLeod

13. Inga Finau

14. Manasa Mataele

15. Chay Fihaki




16. Shilo Klein

17. Harry Allan

18. Fletcher Newell

19. Mahonri Ngakuru

20. Josh Bokser

21. Luke Donaldson

22. Isaiah Punivai

23. Fetuli Paea

24. Sam Gilbert