Super Rugby

He's back! Dagg returns for Crusaders

Cape Town - Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made 10 changes to the side that beat the Chiefs last week for Saturday's clash with the Rebels in Melbourne.

Kick-off is at 11:45 SA time.

Last week's bench front row of Wyatt Crockett, Ben Funnell and Mike Alaalatoa become the starting front row in Melbourne, while Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody and Oli Jager will provide cover.

Lock Quinten Strange will make his first start of the season, pairing up with Sam Whitelock, while Luke Romano takes a spot on the bench.

The loose forward trio comprises Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Pete Samu and Jordan Taufua, with Jed Brown having recovered from injury to take a place among the reserves.

Israel Dagg also returns from injury to take his spot on the right wing this week, with Manasa Mataele on the opposite wing.

Tim Bateman steps into the No 12 jersey and Seta Tamanivalu will start at outside centre.

Teams:

Rebels

TBA

Crusaders

15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Pete Samu, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Quinten Strange, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Oli Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge
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