Crusaders back to full strength

Ten All Blacks have been included in the Crusaders' starting lineup for their Super Rugby quarter-final against the Highlanders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Coach Scott Robertson has made five personnel and three positional changes to the team that lost 31-22 to the Hurricanes in Wellington last weekend.

All Blacks trio Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Owen Franks are back in the front row, while Sam Whitelock returns to the second row to captain the team.

Ryan Crotty is back at inside centre, with David Havili moving to fullback and Israel Dagg to the right wing.

Crusaders – 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Subs: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.

Super Rugby teams (Quarter-finals)

Photo: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

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Simon Borchardt