Highlanders v Crusaders

Dan Carter Kieran Read
The sixth placed Crusaders will be looking to keep their Super Rugby title hopes alive when they travel to Dunedin to play the last placed Highlanders in the overall standings.

The last two matches between the Highlanders and the Crusaders have been won by the Crusaders but in the last five the Highlanders have won twice.

Kieran Read has been benched for this match.

Overall the Highlanders have played the Crusaders 23 times since May 1996 and they have won 8 times with no draws.

The Crusaders have chosen to rest some of their All Blacks for this match but the team that has been named is still a strong match with plenty of experience.

In particular, Corey Flynn has been named to win his 130th Super Rugby cap for the Crusaders which will make him the most capped Crusader of all time. He is now level with Reuben Thorne.

Match Highlanders v Crusaders
Date : Saturday 29 June
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Steve Walsh

Crusaders

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

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