BNZ Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes

The BNZ Crusaders will play their final regular season game for 2017 in Wellington this Saturday night, when they take on the current Super Rugby title holders.

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Flatmates re-sign for BNZ Crusaders

Housemates and teammates, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt and George Bridge, could look to extend their tenancy now that they have all re-signed to the BNZ Crusaders for another two years at least.

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Team to play the Highlanders in warm-up game

The BNZ Crusaders will play the Highlanders for the fourth time this season in a warm-up game in Timaru this Thursday.  The game is in preparation for the final round of Super Rugby regular play the following week, followed by the start of the finals series in which both teams are guaranteed a spot.

Number 8, Jordan Taufua, will captain the team with fellow loose-forward Heiden Bedwell-Curtis and reserve halfback Bryn Hall as his vice-captains.

The "friendly" will be an opportunity for a number of players to return to play for the BNZ Crusaders following injuries earlier in the season, including Tim Perry who will start at loosehead prop; Mitchell Dunshea who will start at lock; and outside backs Jone Macilai and Digby Ioane who will come off the bench.

Five players from outside of the BNZ Crusaders squad - Chris Gawler, Jonno Osbourne, Shannon Frizell, Braydon Ennor and Vernon Fredericks - will also get the chance to have a run off the bench.

Robertson says the game is a great chance for the team to reconnect as they head into the next phase of the Super Rugby competition: "After a month with no fixtures, the team is fizzing and ready to take the field on Thursday.  This game will be a great opportunity for us to find our rhythm again and test our match readiness against a top quality side."

The BNZ Crusaders will bus to Timaru on Thursday morning for a 3pm kick-off at Alpine Energy Stadium.  Tickets are available through www.ticketdirect.co.nz or the Ticket Direct app.

BNZ Crusaders team to play the Highlanders:

1.   Tim Perry  
2.   Ben Funnell
3.   Michael Alaalatoa
4.   Quinten Strange
5.   Mitchell Dunshea
6.   Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (VC)
7.   Jed Brown
8.   Jordan Taufua (C)
9.   Mitchell Drummond
10. Mitchell Hunt
11. George Bridge
12. Sean Wainui
13. Seta Tamanivalu
14. Manasa Mataele
15. David Havili

RESERVES
16. Andrew Makalio
17. Chris Gawler
18. Oliver Jager
19. Jonno Osbourne
20. Shannon Frizell
21. Bryn Hall (VC)
22. Marty McKenzie
23. Braydon Ennor
24. Jone Macilai
25. Vernon Fredericks
--   Digby Ioane

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BNZ Crusaders team to play the British and Irish Lions

The BNZ Crusaders will create history on Saturday night when they play the British and Irish Lions for the first time.  

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