All Blacks captain Kieran Read named in Crusaders line-up for quarter-final clash against Sharks

Kieran Read has recovered from his injury
Kieran Read has recovered from his injury

Crusaders head coach Scott Robinson has made a total of five changes to the line-up for the upcoming quarter-final clash against Sharks to be played in Christchurch on Saturday.

All Blacks skipper Kieran Read has retained his place after recovering from a wrist injury that he sustained during the game against Blues while Codie Taylor and Owen Franks return to the XV replacing Andrew Makalio and Michael Alaalatoa with the duo moving to the bench.

Scott Barrett also takes the position at lock after a rest week and Bryn Hall and Mitchell Drummond have switched places at scrum-half with Hall taking his place in the line-up.

The final change sees David Havili returning to fullback in the place of Israel Dagg as Crusaders look to progress to the semi-final.

Ryan Crotty, who sustained a thumb injury during the game against Blues has been declared fit much to the delight of Robinson.

Crusaders line-up:

David Havili, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Tim Perry

Replacements: Andrew Makalio, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, Manasa Mataele

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