In the opening round of Super Rugby Pacific 2023, the Crusaders and Blues will square off in a replay of the championship game from the previous year. When competing for a position in the Super Rugby Pacific final this weekend, the Waikato Chiefs, Canterbury Crusaders, ACT Brumbies, and Auckland Blues will all have history working against them.
The top-of-the-table Gallagher Chiefs have named an experienced squad for the match against the ACT Brumbies on Saturday, and they have their sights set firmly on the Super Rugby 2023 championship.
Clayton McMillan, the head coach of the Chiefs, says the team is “relishing” the chance to compete in a semifinal at home in front of their devoted fans and whanau.
The squad is extremely determined to deliver a performance they can be proud of because we can feel their presence. We have named an experienced team that is young, fit, and eager to work, claims McMillan.
How to Watch Crusaders vs. Blues Semi Final in Australia
The Crusaders’ clash with the Blues will be shown LIVE on Stan Sport.
Coverage will be live and ad-free on Stan Sport, slated to start at 4:30 pm with kickoff expected at 5:05 pm.
The Crusaders vs Blues Rugby semifinal kicks off at 7.05pm on Saturday at FMG Stadium Waikato.
Crusaders vs Blues Squad
CRUSADERS (1-15): Tamaiti Williams, Codie Taylor, Oliver Jager, Scott Barrett (c), Quinten Strange, Sione Havili Talitui, Tom Christie, Christian Lio-Willie, Mitchell Drummond, Richie Mo’unga, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Jack Goodhue, Braydon Ennor, Dallas McLeod, Will Jordan
RESERVES: Brodie McAlister, Kershawl Sykes-Martin, Reuben O’Neill, Dominic Gardiner, Corey Kellow, Willi Heinz, Fergus Burke, Chay Fihaki
BLUES (1-15): Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Ricky Riccitelli, Nepo Laulala, Tom Robinson, James Tucker, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii (c), Hoskins Sotutu, Finlay Christie, Beauden Barrett, Caleb Clarke, Bryce Heem, Rieko Ioane, Mark Telea, Zarn Sullivan
RESERVES: Kurt Eklund, Jordan Lay, Marcel Renata, Cameron Suafoa, Adrian Choat, Sam Nock, Harry Plummer, Stephen Perofeta
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Referees: Ben O’Keeffe, James Doleman