Rugby: Four changes to Crusaders

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named made four changes to his team to face the Stormers this weekend with Tyler Bleyendaal replacing Dan Carter at first five-eighth.

Bleyendaal will wear the number 10 jersey with Carter remaining in New Zealand to be at the birth of his first child while Luke Whitelock takes the number eight jersey replacing injured skipper Kieran Read.

Israel Dagg returns to fullback, moving Tom Marshall back to the wing and Zac Guildford to the bench. George Whitelock will captain the side.

The game will also mark a special occasion for inside centre and vice captain Ryan Crotty who will be playing his 50th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders.

On the bench, Jordan Taufua will have the opportunity to make his first appearance for the Crusaders if called upon.

Crusaders team to play the Stormers:
1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Corey Flynn, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. George Whitelock (c), 7.

Matt Todd, 8. Luke Whitelock, 9. Willi Heinz, 10. Tyler Bleyendaal, 11. Johnny McNicholl, 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Robbie Fruean, 14. Tom Marshall, 15. Israel Dagg.Reserves: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Joe Moody, 18. Dominic Bird, 19. Jordan Taufua, 20. Andy Ellis, 21. Adam Whitelock, 22. Zac Guildford.

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