Rugby: Carter to start for Crusaders

Dan Carter. Photo / Getty Images
Dan Carter. Photo / Getty Images

All Black first five-eighth Dan Carter will make his first start of the Super 15 season after being named in the Crusaders lineup for Sunday morning's clash against the Lions in Johannesburg.

Carter came off the bench in last week's 28-21 defeat of the Cheetahs in his first game since suffering a serious groin injury during last year's Rugby World Cup.

Carter's return is one of four changes to the team that beat the Cheetahs. Tom Taylor who started in the 10 jersey moves to second five. George Whitelock and Wyatt Crockett both return to the starting fifteen this week, with Luke Whitelock and Ben Franks moving to the bench.

Coach Todd Blackadder is confident his side aren't far off clicking after a scratchy start to the season, and they are also likely to welcome back All Blacks' skipper Richie McCaw once they return from South Africa in a fortnight.

Crusaders team to play the Lions:

1. Wyatt Crockett
2. Corey Flynn
3. Owen Franks
4. Luke Romano
5.

Samuel Whitelock
6. George Whitelock
7. Matt Todd
8. Kieran Read
9. Andy Ellis
10. Daniel Carter
11. Zac Guildford
12. Tom Taylor
13. Robbie Fruean
14. Sean Maitland
15. Israel Dagg

Reserves
16. Quentin MacDonald
17. Ben Franks
18. Tom Donnelly
19. Luke Whitelock
20. Willi Heinz
21. Ryan Crotty
22. Tom Marshall

- APNZ

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