Super Rugby 2020: Halfback Bryn Hall to lead under-strength Crusaders against Sunwolves

The Crusaders have five key players on All Blacks rest for their trip to play the Sunwolves in Brisbane. 

The round seven clash was shifted from Tokyo to Suncorp Stadium, due to growing concerns around the spread of coronavirus.

Head coach Scott Robertson has opted to sit World Cup All Blacks Joe Moody, regular captain Scott Barrett, Codie Taylor, Richie Mo'unga and Jack Goodhue, leaving halfback Bryn Hall to captain an inexperienced squad.

An all-new starting front row will take the field this week, while Luke Romano (lock) and Sione Havili (blindside flanker) both earn starts, and Cullen Grace switches to No.8. 

Twenty-year-old Fergus Burke will get his first taste of Super Rugby against the Sunwolves, providing cover at first five-eighth for Brett Cameron, who replaces Mo'unga, while experienced Hugh Roach of Tasman joins the side as cover for hooker Brodie McAlister.

"It's really exciting to give these players an opportunity this week," Robertson said. "We're fortunate to have a great group of young players coming through, who all have big futures ahead of them.

"They've been training really consistently in our environment and we look forward to seeing them take their opportunity on Saturday. 

"We also welcome Whetu [Douglas] back from injury. He's an important leader in our group and has worked hard to come back, so to be able to name him this week is awesome."

Crusaders: 1-George Bower, 2-Brodie McAlister, 3-Oliver Jager, 4-Luke Romano, 5-Mitchell Dunshea, 6-Sione Havili, 7-Tom Christie, 8-Cullen Grace, 9-Bryn Hall (c), 10-Brett Cameron, 11-Leicester Faingaanuku, 12-Dallas McLoed, 13-Braydon Ennor, 14-Sevu Reece, 15-George Bridge 

Reserves: 16-Hugh Roach, 17-Isi Tuungafasi, 18-Michael Alaalatoa, 19-Whetu Douglas, 20-Tom Sanders, 21-Ereatara Enari, 22-Fergus Burke, 23-Manasa Mataele

Join us at 4:45pm Saturday for live updates of the Crusaders v Sunwolves Super Rugby clash