The Crusaders have resumed training this week following the bye, and head coach Scott Robertson has named his side to host the Reds in Christchurch on Friday night.


There is only one change to the forward pack that started against the Highlanders two weeks ago, with Captain Scott Barrett returning to lead the side, following the knee injury he sustained against the Blues in round three.

In the backs, Ereatara Enari earns his first start of the 2020 season and, with both Braydon Ennor and David Havili being rested this week, there is a reshuffle in the backs which sees George Bridge move to fullback and Leicester Faingaanuku promoted to a starting spot on the left wing.

20-year old Dallas McLeod will make his Super Rugby debut on Friday night, when he lines up in the midfield alongside Jack Goodhue, in what will be Goodhue’s 50th appearance for the Crusaders.

Kick off in the Crusaders match against the Reds is 7:05pm, Friday 6 March at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch.

Crusaders: George Bridge, Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Dallas McLeod, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Richie Mo’unga, Ereatara Enari, Tom Christie, Tom Sanders, Cullen Grace, Mitchell Dunshea, Scott Barrett, Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Brodie McAlister, George Bower, Oliver Jager, Luke Romano, Sione Havili, Mitchell Drummond, Brett Cameron, Manasa Mataele.

– Crusaders Rugby


WATCH: Crusaders assistant coach Andrew Goodman ahead of Friday’s match.

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