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Mo'unga injury forces Crusaders reshuffle

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/03/2017

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has named a reshuffled back line to take on the Highlanders in their round two Super Rugby clash in Dunedin on Saturday.

Former New Zealand under-20 rep Mitchell Hunt will start at first five-eighth after playmaker Richie Mo'unga broke a bone in his left hand in the Crusaders' 17-13 win over the Brumbies last week.

Israel Dagg shifts from fullback to the right wing, with David Havili taking over the No.15 jersey.

Jack Goodhue and Ryan Crotty reprise their partnership at centre and second-five from last week, while Seta Tamanivalu will start on the left wing.

Robertson has made two changes in the forwards: All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor will start while Ben Funnell makes his impact from the bench, and Matt Todd returns to No.7 with Jed Brown on the bench.

Crusaders: David Havili, Israel Dagg, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Seta Tamanivalu, Mitchell Hunt, Bryn Hall, Whetu Douglas, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Jed Brown, Mitchell Drummond, Marty McKenzie, George Bridge.

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