March 31, 2022
Fiji-born All Blacks winger Sevu Reece will start for the Crusaders against Highlanders in Round 7 of the Super Rugby Pacific 2022 tomorrow.
Reece, who overtook Dan Carter from the reserve bench to become the third top try scorer of all time for the Crusaders, will play a pivotal role at the wings.
Another Fijian prop George Bower continues to start from the reserve bench for the second week.
The Crusaders have made some changes in the squad with players taking recovery following their injuries during the training and also last week’s match.
Mitch Drummond returns to the starting,
Lock Sam Whitelock will miss the next four weeks of rugby with a broken finger, while Antonio Shalfoon replaces Mitch Dunshea, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, having had knee surgery yesterday.
Hooker Brodie McAlister will also miss the next four to six weeks of the season with the calf injury.
The Crusaders will play the Highlanders at 6.05pm.
Crusaders: Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Fletcher Newell, Scott Barrett (c), Quinten Strange, Ethan Blackadder, Tom Christie, Cullen Grace, Mitch Drummond, Richie Mo'unga, George Bridge, David Havili, Leichester Fainga'anuku, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan.
Reserves: Shilo Klein, George Bower, Tamaiti Williams, Zach Gallagher, Pablo Matera, Bryn Hall, Fergus Burke, Braydon Ennor.
Highlanders: Daniel Lienert-Brown, Andrew Makailo, Josh Hohneck, Byrn Evans, Josh Dickson, Shannon Frizell, James Lentjes, Marino Miakele Tu’u, Aaron Smith (c), Mitch Hunt, Mosese Dawai, Scott Gregory, Fetuli Paea, Sam Gilbert, Connor Garden Bachop.
Reserves: Rhys Marshall, Ethan de Groot, Jemaine Ainsley, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Gareth Evans, Folau Fakatava, Marty Banks, Denny Solomona.
By Romeka Romena