The Crusaders will roll out their strongest line-up of the season when they take on the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday evening. Coach Scott Robertson has made five personnel changes to the line-up that dismantled the Western Force in Perth last weekend, bringing a cluster of key All Blacks into the starting XV for the mammoth trans-Tasman clash.
Friday’s clash is set to kick off at 7:45pm AEST (9:45pm NZT).
Super Rugby Pacific: Crusaders v Brumbies
Where: GIO Stadium, Canberra
When: Friday, 9.45pm
Live coverage: Sky Sport 1, live updates on Stuff.
Final game on the road and it’s going to be a big one in Canberra 😳
Scott Barrett returns and Sevu Reece brings up 50 pic.twitter.com/sKO2Oewme4
— Crusaders (@crusadersrugby) May 11, 2022
The Brumbies and Crusaders currently sit second and third on the standings table with three rounds left in the DHL Super Rugby Pacific regular season, and both sides are looking to secure home play-off fixtures in the coming weeks.
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Perth, Canberra and Christchurch – the Crusaders are spread far and wide as they prepare for Friday’s crunch match against the Brumbies.
A few days after three new caps increased the number of players used this season to 45, the juggling of the roster has continued for a variety of reasons.
While captain Scott Barrett (suspension) and vice-captain Codie Taylor (rest) have joined the team in Australia’s capital, flanker Sione Havili Talitui has returned home for a scan on the hamstring he hurt early in last week’s demolition job of the Force.
Four players – Oli Jager, Mitchell Drummond, Zach Gallagher and Dominic Gardiner – have remained in Perth after contracting Covid-19 last week, and won’t be allowed to return to New Zealand until they return negative pre-departure tests, as per the country’s border rules.
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Brumbies vs Crusaders
Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Rodney Iona, 9 Nic White, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Tom Hooper, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (c), 2 Lachlan Lonergan, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Luke Reimer, 21 Rory Scott, 22 Ryan Lonergan, 23 Ollie Sapsford
Crusaders: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 David Havili, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Cullen Grace, 7 Ethan Blackadder, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett (c), 3 Fletcher Newell, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower
Replacements: 16 Ricky Jackson, 17 Finlay Brewis, 18 Tamaiti Williams, 19 Liam Hallam-Eames, 20 Tom Christie, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Braydon Ennor, 23 Leicester Fainga’anuku