Crusaders change five for Reds

Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder has made five alterations to his starting line-up for Friday's clash with the Reds in Christchurch.

The seven-time champions had a bye last weekend but Blackadder has opted to change his squad after their 40-14 away victory over the Brumbies in Round Nine.

In the back-line, Johnny McNicholl comes into the run-on side on the wing for the suspended Nemani Nadolo. McNicholl will wear the number 14 jersey with Jone Macilai shifting to the left wing.

The only other change amongst the backs sees Mitchell Drummond taking over from Any Ellis at scrum-half.

Up front, Sam Whitelock replaces Luke Romano at lock while Mike Alaalatoa comes in for Owen Franks at tighthead prop and Wyatt Crockett is preferred to Joe Moody at loosehead.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 David Havili, 11 Jone Macilai, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Mike Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor,1 Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Tim Boys, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Ryan Crotty, 23 Marty McKenzie

Date: Friday, May 6
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19:35 local (07:35 GMT)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Referees: Jamie Nutbrown, Kane McBride
TMO: Chris Wratt