Rugby: Read left on bench for Crusaders

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will start on the bench for the Crusaders in their Southern derby with the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday night. Photo / Getty Images.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read will start on the bench for the Crusaders in their Southern derby with the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday night. Photo / Getty Images.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will start on the bench for the Crusaders in their Southern derby with the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday night.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made six changes to the side that beat the Waratahs in Christchurch nearly four weeks ago and will be without All Black Owen Franks, while Luke Romano, Corey Flynn and Robbie Fruean all start on the bench.

If Flynn makes it onto the field he will surpass Reuben Thorne as the most capped Crusader with 130 caps.

Locks Tom Donnelly and Sam Whitelock make up the second row while the backs have a more familiar look with Tom Taylor moving to Inside Centre and Ryan Crotty playing outside.

The last time the two sides met was in round ten of the competition and the Crusaders came away with a 24-10 win.

The Crusaders are currently sitting sixth on the table and have three round robin matches left to play.

Crusaders team to play the Highlanders:
1. Joe Moody 2. Ben Funnell 3. Nepo Laulala 4.Tom Donnelly 5. Sam Whitelock 6. George Whitelock (c) 7.Matt Todd 8. Luke Whitelock 9. Andy Ellis 10. Dan Carter 11. Zac Guildford 12.Tom Taylor 13. Ryan Crotty 14. Tom Marshall 15.Israel Dagg

Reserves: 16. Corey Flynn 17. Wyatt Crockett 18. Luke Romano 19. Kieran Read 20.Willi Heinz 21. Robbie Fruean 22. Adam Whitelock

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