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Nadolo back, Whitelock out for Crusaders

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/05/2016

Nemani Nadolo of the Crusaders looks to break form a tackle during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Force and the Crusaders at nib Stadium on April 8, 2016 in Perth, Australia © Paul Kane/Getty Images Nemani Nadolo of the Crusaders looks to break form a tackle during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Force and the Crusaders at nib Stadium on April 8, 2016 in Perth, Australia Giant Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo will make his Super Rugby return against the Blues in Auckland after completing a four-week suspension for a dangerous tackle.

His inclusion for fellow Fijian flyer Jone Macilai is one of three changes to the side that started in the 29-10 home win over the Waratahs last weekend.

While Nadolo comes back in, the Crusaders, who sit just one point behind overall competition leaders the Chiefs, will be without experienced lock Sam Whitelock at Eden Park on Saturday night.

The 72-Test All Black picked up a hamstring injury against the Waratahs and has been replaced by Scott Barrett.

At halfback, Andy Ellis, fresh from bringing up 150 games for the Crusaders, moves to the bench in a rotation with Mitchell Drummond.

Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Johnny McNicholl, Kieron Fonotia, Ryan Crotty, Nemani Nadolo, Richie Mo'unga, Mitchell Drummond, Kieran Read (captain), Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.

Reserves: Ged Robinson, Wyatt Crockett, Mike Alaalatoa, Jimmy Tupou, Tim Boys, Andy Ellis, David Havili, Marty McKenzie.

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