Fiji Time: 1:30 AM on Saturday 10 December

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 0.64000.6210
JPY 55.899352.8993
GBP 0.38380.3758
EUR 0.45640.4444
NZD 0.68230.6493
AUD 0.65300.6280
USD 0.48690.4699

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 09th December, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Young, no home and pregnant
  2. 9 years on
  3. The 'Beast' reborn
  4. Tsunami warning after Solomons quake
  5. Runaway suspect arrested overseas
  6. Labour wants justice served
  7. Drivers question LTA conduct
  8. Ferry sets its course
  9. Abuse of children 'a problem'
  10. Girl, 13, drowns

Top Stories this Week

  1. Superstition or fact Sunday (04 Dec)
  2. Doctors reveal, heavy grog swipers require more drugs for surgery Saturday (03 Dec)
  3. Black magic claim Saturday (03 Dec)
  4. Fiji mum, baby kept in cell Wednesday (07 Dec)
  5. Fatal torture Wednesday (07 Dec)
  6. Salary review plan for teachers, says Reddy Monday (05 Dec)
  7. Young, no home and pregnant Friday (09 Dec)
  8. Year 10 results out, 45pc pass Wednesday (07 Dec)
  9. Fiji's Year 10 results out Tuesday (06 Dec)
  10. PM did not endorse app Sunday (04 Dec)