All Blacks return for Crusaders in Fiji

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a near full-strength side to play the Chiefs in Suva on Friday.

This match is a first for the Super Rugby competition, with the National Stadium in Suva hosting this inaugural match. This match carries additional significance as it doubles as a clash between the top two teams in the New Zealand conference.

Seven returning All Blacks are in the Crusaders' 23 and the only omissions are Ryan Crotty and Luke Romano, who are out through injury.

Both Mitchell Hunt and Jed Brown feature in the 23 for the first time, and will potentially make their debuts from the reserves bench.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Jone Macilai, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 David Havili, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Sean Wainui

Date: Friday, July 1
Venue: ANZ National Stadium, Suva
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Will Houston (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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