All Blacks prop Joe Moody has recovered from a knee injury and will start for the Crusaders against the Hurricanes in the semi-final in Christchurch.
Moody’s return means that the Crusaders will field a starting pack including seven All Blacks on Saturday. Tim Perry has shifted to the bench, and coach Scott Robertson has decided to leave veteran Wyatt Crockett out of the match 23 altogether.
The other bit of good news for the Crusaders is that wing Seta Tamanivalu has recovered from a head knock sustained against the Sharks in last week’s quarter-final, and will start.
Crusaders – 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 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 Andrew Makalio, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor.
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