Crusader head coach Scott Robertson has named a strong team to play Chiefs in their derby match set for ANZ National Stadium, Suva this Saturday 1 June.
The squad has received a major boost as several players have been included to start the game.
Kieran Read -All Blacks Captain returns for the derby alongside Billy Harmon, Mitchy Drummond and Brydon Ennor. Read availability has seen Whetukamokamo shift to the blindside flank as Jordan Taufua moves to the reserves.
Matt Todd the assistant captain has been rested has been replaced by Harmon. Drummond and Ennor inclusion to the first team at the backline has seen Bryan Hall and George Bridge move to the bench. In the reserves, Benn Funnel and Mitchy Dunshell have been included.
David Havili is at full back as Sevu Reece and Brydon Ennor take the wings role. Jack Goodhue pairs Ryan Cotty at the Center positions as Richie Mo’unga takes the fly-half role.
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Braydon Ennor, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Isi Tu’ungafasi, 18 George Bower, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge