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Ryan Crotty to play 150th match as Crusaders look to bounce back from defeat

Crusaders Vice-Captain Ryan Crotty is set to bring up his 150th Investec Super Rugby game this weekend, as the side prepares for their final home game of the regular season against the Rebels.

The West Stand at Christchurch Stadium has been renamed the ‘Ryan Crotty Stand’ for this match, and members of Ryan’s New Brighton Rugby Club and former school, Shirley Boys’ High School, have been invited to attend.

There are just two changes to the team this week, with Vice-Captain Matt Todd returning to the starting side in place of Billy Harmon, and Bryn Hall, in his 50th Crusaders game, also moving to the starting line up. Ereatara Enari will provide cover at halfback.

It’s also a welcome return to play for prop Tim Perry, who makes his Super Rugby return following an arm injury. Perry has been named in the No. 17 jersey.

Crusaders: David Havili, Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Braydon Ennor, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Sam Whitelock (c), Scott Barrett, Michael Ala’alatoa, Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Tim Perry, George Bower, Luke Romano, Jordan Taufua, Ereatara Enari, Brett Cameron, Ngane Punivai.

– Crusaders Rugby

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Ryan Crotty to play 150th match as Crusaders look to bounce back from defeat