Rugby: Carter, Read named on bench for Crusaders

Dan Carter will start from the bench on Saturday night. Photo /Getty Images
Dan Carter will start from the bench on Saturday night. Photo /Getty Images

Dan Carter and Kieran Read have been named on the Crusaders' reserves bench for the match against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

Carter, returning from his break and an Achilles injury, will provide back-up to Colin Slade at No.10, with fellow All Black Read back after successfully coming through 40 minutes against England in Hamilton last weekend following his concussion problems.

Owen Franks is also on the bench after this three tests against England, with Nepo Laulala preferred at tighthead prop. Wyatt Crockett starts on the loosehead.

Nemani Nadolo is unavailable due to his commitments with Fiji, with Nafi Tuitavake starting on the left wing. Tom Taylor starts at fullback in place of the injured Israel Dagg.

Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 7.35pm is: Tom Taylor, Johnny McNicholl, Kieron Fonotia, Ryan Crotty (c), Nafi Tuitavake, Colin Slade, Andy Ellis, Luke Whitelock, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock, Dominic Bird, Nepo Laulala, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Owen Franks, Jimmy Tupou, Kieran Read, Willi Heinz, Dan Carter, Rob Thompson.


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