Fiji Time: 11:47 AM on Friday 27 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Heinz to start again

Aap
Friday, April 18, 2014

WELLINGTON - The Crusaders have made three changes and retained Willi Heinz at halfback for their Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Heinz will wear the No.9 jersey for a second successive game tomorrow after he pushed former All Black Andy Ellis to the bench for last weekend's 52-31 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The only change in the backline comes at centre, where Kieron Fonotia is ruled out by a hamstring injury and replaced by the versatile Tom Taylor.

All Blacks tighthead prop Owen Franks is promoted from the reserves bench to start ahead of Nepo Laulala while blindside flanker George Whitelock is replaced by Jordan Taufua.

It was hoped All Blacks captain Richie McCaw would have recovered from a thumb injury in time to play the defending champions but the flanker is now targetting a return in two weeks against the Brumbies, along with All Blacks lock Luke Romano (calf).

Two wins in South Africa has lifted the Crusaders to seventh overall, six points behind the third-placed Chiefs.

Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Johnny McNicholl, Tom Taylor, Ryan Crotty, Nemani Nadolo, Colin Slade, Willi Heinz, Kieran Read (capt), Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock, Dominic Bird, Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Tim Perry, Nepo Laulala, Jimmy Tupou, Luke Whitelock, Andy Ellis, Tyler Bleyendaal, Adam Whitelock





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. INQUIRY: Baby given wrong injection
  2. Strong start
  3. Sexism and rape
  4. Spotlight on 'crooked investors'
  5. Free milk scheme
  6. Warriors prop Bele laid to rest
  7. All Gunz blazing
  8. Overseas attention for local talent
  9. Opposition welcomes signing of agreement
  10. Deal to address staff shortages in hospitals

Top Stories this Week

  1. Miracle baby Sunday (22 Mar)
  2. Rape on duty Wednesday (25 Mar)
  3. Rugby player dies in camp Saturday (21 Mar)
  4. All hope gone Monday (23 Mar)
  5. 'No' to adopted child Monday (23 Mar)
  6. The man who was the champ Monday (23 Mar)
  7. Kepa clarifies position Tuesday (24 Mar)
  8. HK 7s risk Thursday (26 Mar)
  9. Fiji 7s inspires college in win Wednesday (25 Mar)
  10. Key to new home Thursday (26 Mar)