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All Blacks return to Crusaders starting line-up while Matera gets positional change

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The Crusaders arrived in Queenstown yesterday where they are currently preparing for their final pre-season hit out against the Hurricanes, before the Super Rugby Pacific season officially kicks off next weekend.


An initial squad has made the trip to Queenstown, including regular Captain Scott Barrett, and fellow All Blacks Joe Moody, Braydon Ennor and George Bridge – all of whom have been named in the side this week.

Head Coach Scott Robertson has again selected first and second half teams for this match, which has been rescheduled to a Saturday evening kick off at Wakatipu Rugby Club in light of all New Zealand-based sides moving to the central competition hub this week.

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Kick off in the Crusaders pre-season match against the Hurricanes is 5pm, Saturday 12th February, at Wakatipu Rugby Club.

Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes (First Half):

1. Joe Moody
2. Brodie McAlister
3. Tamaiti Williams
4. Scott Barrett (C)
5. Quinten Strange
6. Pablo Matera
7. Tom Christie
8. Cullen Grace
9. Bryn Hall
10. Fergus Burke
11. Leicester Fainga’anuku
12. Dallas McLeod
13. Braydon Ennor
14. George Bridge
15. Chay Fihaki

Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes (Second Half):


1. Finlay Brewis / Abraham Pole
2. Shilo Klein / Ricky Jackson
3. Fletcher Newell
4. Mitch Dunshea
5. Antonio Shalfoon
6. Dominic Gardiner
7. Corey Kellow
8. Jacob Norris
9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
10. Simon Hickey (C)
11. Macca Springer
12. Isaiah Punivai
13. Inga Finau
14. Freedom Vahaakolo
15. Chay Fihaki


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