Crusaders name new-look side to take on Moana Pasifika
After beating the Blues in Christchurch last weekend, the Crusaders have made 11 changes to their starting side to take on Moana Pasifika on Friday.
The Crusaders are missing a number of All Blacks, including the likes of Codie Taylor, Richie Mo’unga, Leicester Fainga’anuku and Braydon Ennor.
But they aren’t the defending champions for no reason. This team still packs plenty of punch, and will be raring to go ahead of the Crusaders’ first-ever trip to Mt Smart Stadium.
Kershawl Sykes-Martin, Brodie McAlister and the in-form Tamaiti Williams make up the Crusaders front-row this week, which looks a bit different to their trio last time out.
Scott Barrett with captain the team once again in round 13, and is set to pack down in the second row alongside Zach Gallagher.
Sione Havili Talitui and Corey Kellow will line up on the flanks, while Cullen Grace retains his spot in the No. 8 jersey.
Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has named an intriguing halves combination this week, with rising star Noah Hotham set to start at halfback alongside flyhalf Fergus Burke.
Dallas McLeod and Jack Goodhue will combine in the midfield, while Macca Springer and Chay Fihaki have been given the nod to start on the left and right wings.
Following a successful return to Super Rugby Pacific a couple of weeks ago, All Black Will Jordan will run out in the No. 15 jersey again on Friday.
Crusaders team to take on Moana Pasifika
- Kershawl Sykes-Martin
- Brodie McAlister
- Tamaiti Williams
- Scott Barrett (c)
- Zach Gallagher
- Sione Havili Talitui
- Corey Kellow
- Cullen Grace
- Noah Hotham
- Fergus Burke
- Macca Springer
- Dallas McLeod
- Jack Goodhue
- Chay Fihaki
- Will Jordan
- Ioane Moananu
- Andrew Turner
- Seb Calder
- Dom Calder
- Christian Lio-Willie
- Mitchell Drummond
- Taha Kemara
- Wil Gualter
Join free and tell us what you really think!Join Free
Gavin Hastings, was playing was he? 🤔Go to comments
Let Moana go and setup Timi Samoa and a Timi Tonga. I guarantee you that the support will be even stronger than that for the Fiji Drua. You only have to remember the support from The respective communities for Mate ma Tonga and Toa Samoa in Rugby League and also the national teams in Rugby Union. Both teams would be able to field teams equal to The Fiji drua or even better.Go to comments