Saders rotate up front

The Crusaders have made three changes to their pack for Friday's clash against the Lions in Johannesburg.

Luke Romano comes into the second row alongside Scott Barrett, with Sam Whitelock dropping to the bench, while Jimmy Tupou rotates with Jordan Taufua on the flank. The final change up front sees Wyatt Crockett preferred to Joe Moody at loosehead prop.

Coach Todd Blackadder has retained the same backline that started against the Sharks on Saturday, with Ryan Crotty shrugging off a shoulder niggle to retain his place at inside centre. 

Crusaders – 15 David Havili, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Sean Wainui.

Photo: Joseph Johnson/Getty Images

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