CRUSADERS LOOSEHEAD prop Wyatt Crockett will notch up a century for the Super 15 side when he starts against the Hurricanes this Saturday in Addington.
Injuries to All Black trio Dan Carter (hamstring), Israel Dagg (ankle) and Kieran Read (head) means Head Coach Todd Blackadder moves captain Richie McCaw into the number eight position usually occupied by Kieran Read, and Matt Todd will come in as flanker.
Carter’s hamstring injury gives Tom Taylor the kicking duties and number ten jersey. Tyler Bleyendaal will provide cover for him from the bench.
Sean Maitland comes in as fullback, and Patrick Osborne may get his first run for the Crusaders if he comes off the bench as cover for the backs.
Crusaders v Hurricanes
Saturday, 30 June 2012 at AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 08:35 BST
15. Sean Maitland, 14. Adam Whitelock, 13. Robbie Fruean, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Tom Taylor, 9. Andy Ellis, 1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Corey Flynn, 3. Ben Franks, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. George Whitelock, 7. Matt Todd, 8. Richie McCaw (c)
16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Owen Franks, 18. Tom Donnelly / Ross Kennedy, 19. Luke Whitelock, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tyler Bleyendaal, 22. Patrick Osborne