– Sam Whitelock starts at lock.
– Matt Todd returns to the starting team at openside flank.
– Zac Guildford starts on the wing
– Adam Whitelock drops to the bench.
“The team are excited to be home again and playing at AMI Stadium, We’ve been travelling for 3 weeks and there is nothing like hearing the roar of the home crowd. We hope Crusader fans will give the boys a home-coming to remember. There is nothing like a classic Southern Derby to bring out the best in both the Crusaders and the Highlanders. It is always a great game with an amazing atmosphere and with both teams hungry for the win there is sure to be plenty of passion on the field this Saturday,” said Blackadder.
The Crusaders host the Highlanders in Christchurch on Saturday, 19:35 NZ (07:35 CAT, 08:35 BST)
1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Corey Flynn,3. Owen Franks,4. Luke Romano ,5. Sam Whitelock ,6. George Whitelock ,c) 7. Matt Todd ,8. Luke Whitelock ,9. Andy Ellis,10. Tyler Bleyendaal,11. Zac Guildford ,12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Robbie Fruean, 14. Tom Marshall, 15. Israel Dagg
Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Joe Moody, 18. Dominic Bird, 19. Jordan Taufua, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tom Taylor, 22. Adam Whitelock