Two Injury-enforced Changes For Crusader vs Hurricanes

 

The Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made two injury-enforced changes to their starting XV who will face the Hurricanes at the Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday 09:05 SA Time. The Crusaders and Hurricanes are currently sitting first and third on the Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa standings table. While the Crusaders have won the last six Super Rugby matches between the sides, it was the Hurricanes who handed the Crusaders their last loss at home in 2016.

The Crusaders won the last game between the two foes (39-25) in round one of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition. The Crusaders comes off a bye last weekend while the Hurricanes won 29-27 against the Blues.

Vice-Captain David Havili has been ruled out for the season after fracturing the base of his right thumb against the Blues, meaning the competition's leading try-scorer, Will Jordan, will start at fullback.

Jack Goodhue joins Whetukamokamo Douglas as Vice-Captain in Havili's absence and is set to partner with Fetuli Paea in the midfield this week after centre Braydon Ennor was ruled out with a toe injury. Brett Cameron and Leicester Fainga'anuku have both joined the playing 23 this week and will provide cover on the bench.

Crusaders: 1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor (C), 3. Michael Alaalatoa, 4. Samuel Whitelock, 5. Mitchell Dunshea, 6. Tom Sanders, 7. Tom Christie, 8. Whetukamokamo Douglas (VC), 9. Bryn Hall, 10. Richie Mo'unga, 11. George Bridge, 12. Jack Goodhue (VC), 13. Fetuli Paea, 14. Sevu Reece, 15. Will Jordan. Replacements: 16. Andrew Makalio, 17. George Bower, 18. Oliver Jager, 19. Quinten Strange, 20. Sione Havili, 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Brett Cameron, 23. Leicester Fainga'anuku.