Crusaders, Blues name squads ahead of Super Rugby round 15

Crusaders and Blues have named their respective squad ahead of Super Rugby round 15 clash set for Christchurch in New Zealand on Saturday

All of the changes  for Crusader among the forwards. Joe Moody returns at loosehead prop, pushing George Bower to the reserve. At the hooker, Andrew Makalio will start his first game in the place of Codie Taylor and Brodies Alister is set to make his Super Rugby debut from the bench.

Kieran Read is on an All Blacks rest this week and there is a reshuffle in the loose forwards which see Jordan Taufua move from number eight to the blindside flank.  Whetu Douglas starts at the at number eight and Ethan Blackadder provides cover on the bench.

On the side of Blues, Alex Hodgman will start on the loosehead prop with the help of Leni Apisai on the hooker, Tom Robinson will be on the blindside flank with Blake Gibson leading the openside flank. Akira loane will be on loose forwards with the help of Jonathan Ruru.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece,13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Matt Todd, 6 JordanTaufua, 5 Samuel Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Brodie Mc Alister, 17 Isi Tu’ungafasi, 18 George Bower, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchel Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor.

Blues: 15 Melaini Nanai, 14 Caleb Clarke, 13 Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rieko Loane, 10 Harry Plumber, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Akira Loane, 7 Blake Gibson, (cc), 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, (cc), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Leni Apisai, 1 Alex Hodgman.

Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Marcel Renata, 18 Luali, 19 Gerard Cowley Toitoi, 20 Hoskins Sotutu, 22, Augustine Pulu, 22 Otere Black, 23, Levi Aumua.

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