The 32-year-old, still without a definitive return date, has been sidelined since November last year.
The 109-test veteran underwent spinal surgery that December to alleviate pain in his legs caused by a bulging disc.
For now, Jordan Taufua will remain in the Crusaders No. 8 jersey.
15. David Havili, 14. Manasa Mataele, 13. Jack Goodhue, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. George Bridge, 10. Mitchell Hunt, 9. Mitchell Drummond, 8. Jordan Taufua, 7. Billy Harmon, 6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5. Sam Whitelock (C), 4. Scott Barrett, 3. Michael Alaalatoa, 2. Codie Taylor, 1. Tim Perry.
Reserves: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Oli Jager, 19. Quinten Strange, 20. Tom Sanders, 21. Bryn Hall, 22. Brett Cameron, 23. Braydon Ennor.
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