• Dagg back, McCaw rested

    The Crusaders have made four changes to their starting XV to face the Cheetahs in Christchurch on Saturday.

    Among the backs, Israel Dagg returns from injury to take his place at fullback ahead of Tom Taylor, while Kieron Fonotia moves onto the right wing after Johnny McNicholl suffered a posterior cruciate knee ligament injury against the Lions last week.

    In the forwards, Codie Taylor starts at hooker, in rotation with Ben Funnell, who shifts to the bench, while Matt Todd will play at openside flank with Richie McCaw being rested.

    Crusaders – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Kieron Fonotia 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
    Subs: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 David Havili.

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