Crusaders change three
Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder has made three changes to his starting XV for Friday's clash with the Waratahs in Christchurch.
Corey Flynn returns from an injury to his hamstring to take the number two jersey moving Ben Funnell to the bench.
A fractured finger for Sam Whitelock gives Dominic Bird the opportunity to start alongside Luke Romano while Jimmy Tupou comes onto the bench.
In the backs the jostle for halfback position sees Willi Heinz make the starting fifteen and Andy Ellis move to the bench.
Centre Robbie Fruean has again been named amongst the replacements, with Tom Taylor and Ryan Crotty making up the midfield.
Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Jimmy Tupou, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Robbie Fruean, 22 Adam Whitelock.
Date: Friday May 31,
Venue:AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Assistant referees:Richard Kelly, Shane McDermott
Television match official:Glenn Newman