Crotty knocks up 100 for Crusaders

Inside centre Ryan Crotty will play his 100th game for the Crusaders when they host the Jaguares in Christchurch on Friday.

Head coach Todd Blackadder has made five changes to his run on side.

Israel Dagg is named at full-back in his first start of the season for the seven time champions.

Props Joe Moody and Wyatt Crockett have rotated so that Moody takes the starting spot this week. Scott Barrett will pair up with Luke Romano at lock and Jimmy Tupou will provide cover.

Andy Ellis will be the starting scrum-half and Kieron Fonotia will pair up with Crotty in the midfield. Mitchell Drummond, Sean Wainui and Ben Volavola will provide cover for the backs, while loose forward Tim Boys also comes onto the bench.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Tim Boys, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Sean Wainui, 23 Ben Volavola

Date: Friday, April 15
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Time: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper, Jamie Nutbrown
TMO: Aaron Paterson

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