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Seven new faces in Crusaders side to face Hurricanes

Seven new faces in Crusaders side to face Hurricanes  (Source: Photosport)

Joe Moody is one of seven new faces among the Crusaders lineup to face the Hurricanes. – Source: Photosport

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named seven new faces in the team to play the Hurricanes in the first pre-season game of the Super Rugby 2013 season.

Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Dominic Bird, Shane Christie, Jordan Taufua, Jeremy Su’a and Kieran Fonotia will get their first start with many of the more experienced players on the bench.

Two players from the Canterbury academy in Shayne Anderson and James Schrader have been called up to cover the outside backs, with the former filling troubled All Black Zac Guildford’s left wing spot.

Uncapped All Blacks Luke Whitelock and Matt Todd join veteran halfback Andy Ellis on an extended 12-man bench.

The team will be captained by experienced campaigner George Whitelock.

The game takes place this Saturday February 2 at the Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru. Kick off is at 3pm.


crusaders20131. Joe Moody
2. Codie Taylor
3. Owen Franks
4. Dominic Bird
5. Joel Everson
6. George Whitelock (c)
7. Shane Christie
8. Jordan Taufua
9. Jeremy Su’a
10. Tyler Blyendaal
11. Shayne Anderson
12. Robbie Fruen
13. Kieran Fonotia
14. James Scrader
15. Tom Marshall

Reserves: 16. Paea Fa’anunu, 17. Adrian Barone, 18. Mitch Graham, 19. Ben Funnell, 20. Jimmy Tupou, 21. Matt Simons, 22. Luke Whitelock, 23. Matt Todd, 24. Andy Ellis, 25. Tyrone Elkington, 26. Kolio Hifo, 27. Stephen Burt.

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