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BNZ Crusaders named to play Gallagher Chiefs

The BNZ Crusaders team has named their squad to play against the Gallagher Chiefs in Suva on Friday night. Their coach Todd Blackadder has named a near full-strength side with seven returning All Blacks in the 23, the only omissions are Ryan Crotty and Luke Romano who are out through injury. Both Mitchell Hunt and […]

Luke Nacei

June 30, 2016 7:11 am

The BNZ Crusaders team has named their squad to play against the Gallagher Chiefs in Suva on Friday night.

The BNZ Crusaders team arriving at the Nausori International Airport this morning. (Airport Fiji Limited)
The BNZ Crusaders team arriving at the Nausori International Airport. (Airport Fiji Limited)

Their coach Todd Blackadder has named a near full-strength side with seven returning All Blacks in the 23, the only omissions are Ryan Crotty and Luke Romano who are out through injury.

Both Mitchell Hunt and Jed Brown feature in the 23 for the first time and will potentially make their debuts from the reserve bench.

This match is a first for the Investec Super Rugby competition, with the National Stadium in Suva hosting this inaugural match. This match carries additional significance as it doubles as a clash between the top two teams in the New Zealand conference.

The BNZ Crusaders team to play the chiefs are as follows:

  1. Wyatt Crockett
  2. Codie Taylor
  3. Owen Franks
  4. Scott Barrett
  5. Samuel Whitelock
  6. Jordon Taufua
  7. Matt Todd
  8. Kieran Read
  9. Andy Ellis
  10. Richie Mo’unga
  11. Nemani Nadolo
  12. David Havili
  13. Keiron Fonotia
  14. Jone Macilai
  15. Israel Dagg

Reserves:

  1. Ben Funnell
  2. Joe Moody
  3. Mike Alaalatoa
  4. Jimmy Tupou
  5. Jed Brown
  6. Mitchell Drummond
  7. Mithell Hunt
  8. Sean Wainui

The match will be played at ANZ National Stadium, Suva, and will kickoff at 7.35pm.

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