Carter back at 10 for Saders

Dan Carter has been named at flyhalf for the Crusaders' clash with the Hurricanes in Nelson on Friday.

Carter will make just his third start of the season in the No 10 jersey after regular flyhalf Colin Slade was ruled out of the match with a quad injury.

He is one of six All Blacks set to miss the match through injury, with Joe Moody, Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock, Ryan Crotty and Israel Dagg all ruled out.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will skipper the side from the openside flank in Read's absence, while Alex Hodgman will start in the front row.

The Crusaders currently sit in ninth position in the overall standings, seven points off the play-off positions, and look likely to miss out on the play-offs for the first time since 2001.

Crusaders – 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 David Havili, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Matt Todd, 5 Luke Romano, 4 Jimmy Tupou, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Alex Hodgman.
Subs: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 Jone Macilai.

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