Rugby: Flynn back for Crusaders

Corey Flynn returns from a hamstring strain to the Crusaders starting XV to play the Waratahs in Christchurch on Friday night. Photo / Getty Images.
Corey Flynn returns from a hamstring strain to the Crusaders starting XV to play the Waratahs in Christchurch on Friday night. Photo / Getty Images.

Corey Flynn returns from a hamstring strain to the Crusaders starting XV to play the Waratahs in Christchurch on Friday night.

Hooker Flynn has missed the last two matches, a victory over the Blues and loss to the Chiefs. His return is good news for Todd Blackadder, but All Blacks prop Owen Franks is still missing due to a hamstring strain of his own.

Sam Whitelock's broken finger means Dominic Bird joins Luke Romano in the second row.
Blackadder has elected to drop halfback Andy Ellis to the reserves bench in favour of Willi Heinz.

Centre Robbie Fruean has again been named on the bench, with Tom Taylor and Ryan Crotty making up the midfield.

Crusaders team to play the Waratahs at AMI Stadium on Friday, kick off 7.35pm is: Israel Dagg, Tom Marshall, Ryan Crotty, Tom Taylor, Dan Carter, Willi Heinz, Kieran Read (c), Matt Todd, George Whitelock, Dominic Bird, Luke Romano, Nepo Laulala, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Jimmy Tupou, Luke Whitelock, Andy Ellis, Robbie Fruean, Adam Whitelock.

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