Super Rugby 2019: Sam Whitelock rejoins Crusaders against Stormers

  • 16/05/2019
Sam Whitelock.
Sam Whitelock. Photo credit: Photosport

The Crusaders will welcome back Sam Whitelock for their clash with the Stormers on Sunday morning (NZ time).

The 108-test lock has been absent on All Blacks rest over the past fortnight, which has doubled as paternity leave, after he and wife Hannah welcomed a baby daughter at the start of the month.

Whitelock will link up with the squad in Cape Town and reclaim captaincy duties, as the defending champions aim for two straight wins in South Africa, after last week's 45-13 thumping of the Bulls in Pretoria.

In other changes, Ethan Blackadder will take starting duties at blindside flanker, shifting Jordan Taufua to the bench, while Mitchell Dunshea drops out of the game-day squad.

The backline remains unchanged.

The Stormers currently sit at the bottom of the closely contested South African Conference, but are coming in fresh off a bye week.

Crusaders: 1-George Bower, 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-Jordan Taufua, 21-Mitchell Drummond, 22-Mitchell Hunt, 23-Braydon Ennor.

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