McCaw on Crusaders bench

Richie McCaw (File)
Richie McCaw (File)
Cape Town - All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will start on the bench for the Crusaders in their all-New Zealand Super Rugby semi-final against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.

Flanks Matt Todd and George Whitelock retaiN their places in the loose trio alongside captain Kieran Read.

The seven-time champion Crusaders are unchanged from the team which thrashed the Reds in their playoff qualifier last weekend in Christchurch.

Teams:

Chiefs:
15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Matt Vant Leven, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith

Substitutes: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Mike Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 August Pulu, 21 Bundee Aki, 22 Robbie Robinson

Crusaders:
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Luke Whitelock, 19 Richie McCaw, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Adam Whitelock


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