Fiji Time: 11:40 PM on Thursday 18 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Crusaders shuffle backline

Aap
Thursday, March 13, 2014

WELLINGTON - The Crusaders have restored Israel Dagg and Colin Slade to their customary positions in a reshuffled backline to face the Melbourne Rebels tomorrow.

There are three starting changes for the game in Melbourne as the 14th-placed Crusaders seek a spark to their season which has been lacking.

An All Blacks-laden side lost their first two games before scraping to a 14-13 win over the Stormers in Christchurch on Saturday.

Coach Todd Blackadder made seven starting changes for that game but his tinkering this week is mostly through positional switches.

Hooker Ben Funnell starts in place of the injured Corey Flynn (fractured eye socket) and Andy Ellis is at halfback for Willi Heinz (calf) while right wing Nafi Tuitavake returns from a hamstring injury, ultimately resulting in centre Rey Lee-Lo being dropped. The five other players in the starting backline all wear different numbers to last week.

Dagg is shifted from wing back to his favoured fullback role, sparking a domino effect for three other All Blacks. Slade moves from 15 to 10, Tom Taylor from 10 to 12 and Ryan Crotty from 12 to 13.

Three new faces are on the bench, including Fijian outside back Nemani Nadolo, in line for his Crusaders debut.

The others are halfback Mitchell Drummond and hooker Codie Taylor.

The Rebels opened their campaign with a 35-14 home win over the Cheetahs before suffering a 32-7 humbling at the hands of the Western Force in Perth last weekend.

Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Nafi Tuitavake, Ryan Crotty, Tom Taylor, Johnny McNicholl, Colin Slade, Andy Ellis, Kieran Read (capt), Matt Todd, Luke Whitelock, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Codie Taylor, Tim Perry, Nepo Laulala, Dominic Bird, Jordan Taufua, Mitchell Drummond, Kieron Fonotia, Nemani Nadolo.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62430.6053
JPY 56.394453.3944
GBP 0.36130.3533
EUR 0.41130.3993
NZD 0.69520.6622
AUD 0.63140.6064
USD 0.50390.4869

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 18th, January, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Trip turns tragic
  2. Mela beats the odds
  3. Tube ride to school
  4. Ill will aside
  5. FLP searches for party leader
  6. Call to save reefs
  7. Konrote joins walk
  8. River swim to reach school
  9. Protecting the Great Sea Reef
  10. Expect hot, humid weather in coming days

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fitting farewell for Bill Friday (12 Jan)
  2. Trip turns tragic Thursday (18 Jan)
  3. Love will keep us together Sunday (14 Jan)
  4. $100 a day Sunday (14 Jan)
  5. Air NZ confirms incident Friday (12 Jan)
  6. Capt William calls it a day after 45 years Sunday (14 Jan)
  7. National strike if no resolution, says FTUC Sunday (14 Jan)
  8. Nadi man dies in crash Wednesday (17 Jan)
  9. Teachers transfer policy Monday (15 Jan)
  10. Man attacks partner Monday (15 Jan)