Super Rugby 2019: Crusaders call on All Blacks trio for Bulls clash

Richie Mo'unga, Ryan Crotty and David Havili.
Richie Mo'unga, Ryan Crotty and David Havili. Photo credit: Photosport

The Crusaders welcome back three All Blacks for their Super Rugby clash against the Bulls in South Africa on Saturday (NZ time).

First-five Richie Mo'unga and fullback David Havili return, after being rested during last week's draw against the Sharks, while second-five Ryan Crotty slots into the midfield, after recovering from a head knock.

The return of the three internationals are the only changes coach Scott Robertson has made to his side.

The inclusion of Mo'unga and Crotty sees Mitch Hunt and Braydon Ennor move to the bench, and Jack Goodhue switch back to outside centre.

Havili starts in place of Will Jordan, who didn't travel to South Africa, due to a foot injury sustained in the Sharks match.

Flanker Matt Todd will again captain the team in the absence of Sam Whitelock, who stayed back in New Zealand to be with his wife, after the birth of their baby daughter.

Whitelock will link up with the Crusaders next week for their clash against the Stormers in Cape Town.

The Crusaders have beaten the Bulls in four of their past five meetings, but the South African side has beaten Robertson's men in five of their last six Super Rugby matches at home, with the only blemish being a 62-24 defeat in 2017.

Crusaders: 1-Joe Moody, 2-Codie Taylor, 3-Michael Alaalatoa, 4-Mitchell Dunshea, 5-Scott Barrett, 6-Jordan Taufua, 7-Matt Todd (c), 8-Kieran Read, 9-Bryn Hall, 10- Richie Mo'unga, 11-George Bridge, 12-Ryan Crotty, 13-Jack Goodhue, 14-Sevu Reece, 15-David Havili

Reserves: 16-Andrew Makalio, 17-Harry Allan, 18-Oliver Jager, 19-Luke Romano, 20-Whetu Douglas, 21-Mitchell Drummond, 22-Mitchell Hunt, 23-Braydon Ennor.

Bulls: 1-Lizo Gqoboka, 2-Schalk Brits, 3-Trevor Nyakane, 4-Jason Jenkins, 5-RG Snyma, 6-Marco van Staden, 7-Jannes Kirstentt Todd, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 9-Andre Warner, 10-Handre Pollard (c), 11-Rosko Specman, 12-Burger Odendaal, 13-Johnny Kotze, 14-Cornal Hendricks, 15-Warrick Gelant

Reserves: 16-Jaco Visagie, 17-Simphiwe Matanzima, 18-Wiehahn Herbst, 19-Thembelani Bholi, 20-Paul Schoeman, 21-Embrose Papier, 22-Manie Libbok, 23-Divan Rossouw


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