Will Jordan will start at fullback for the Crusaders in place of the injured David Havili against the Hurricanes in Christchurch on Saturday.
Crusaders vice-captain Havili has been ruled out for the rest of the season after fracturing the base of his right thumb against the Blues, meaning the competition’s leading try-scorer, Jordan, will start at fullback.
Jack Goodhue joins Whetukamokamo Douglas as vice-captain in Havili’s absence, and is set to partner with Fetuli Paea in the midfield this week, after centre Braydon Ennor was ruled out with a toe injury.
Brett Cameron and Leicester Fainga’anuku have both joined the match-day 23 this week, and will provide cover on the bench.
Crusaders – 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Fetuli Paea, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor (c), 1 Joe Moody.
Subs: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 George Bower, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Sione Havili, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Leicester Fainga’anuku.
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