ESPN SCRUM

/ Super Rugby 2014

/ News

Super Rugby
Crusaders recall Richie McCaw as one of two changes
ESPN Staff
July 24, 2014
Greg Growden and Russell Barwick preview the Super Rugby semi-finals

The Crusaders have recalled Richie McCaw as one of two changes to their starting team to face the Sharks in the Super Rugby semi-final at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.

McCaw, the All Blacks captain, returns, as expected, in the No.6 jumper with coach Todd Blackadder loathe to drop Matt Todd, the form openside fanker in New Zealand this season. McCaw has been absent since the three-Test series against England, inwhich he sustained a rib injury, and he returns at the expense of Jordan Taufua.

Blackadder, meanwhile, recalled hooker Corey Flynn to play his 150th game for the Crusaders, with Ben Funnell providing back-up from the bench.

Dan Carter rejuvenated, ready to fire
%]

Blackadder said the team is preparing for it's toughest game yet, with the Crusaders and the Sharks ready to throw everything at each other in their quest to make the Super Rugby final against either New South Wales Brumbies or the Brumbies on August 2.

"The Sharks have shown this season that they are an extremely classy outfit and a very difficult team to beat," Blackadder said. "This is our biggest challenge yet, but we feel ready for it. It is going to be awesome to play in front of a home crowd for this semi-final on Saturday night and the roar of the crowd may just be the extra boost that gets us across the line."

Crusaders: Israel Dagg; Kieron Fonotia, Ryan Crotty , Nemani Nadolo, Dan Carter; Colin Slade, Andy Ellis; Kieran Read (captain), Matt Todd, Richie McCaw; Sam Whitelock, Dominic Bird; Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Nepo Laulala, Jimmy Tupou, Jordan Taufua, Willi Heinz, Tom Taylor, Johnny McNicholl.

Richie McCaw has overcome his rib injury to face the Sharks © Getty Images
Enlarge
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - Australian GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Snooker - Shoot-out
    Golf - Africa Open
    Golf - WGC-Cadillac Championship
    Darts - Premier League
  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Rugby

    Rugby risks becoming boring: Steve Hansen

    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen implores rugby to ask itself 'is this really the game we want?', "if we want to encourage people to watch the game"

  • Rugby

    Karmichael Hunt fined A$2500 for drug possession

    Karmichael Hunt has pleaded guilty at Southport Magistrates Court to four charges of cocaine possession

  • Rugby

    Karmichael Hunt suspended for six weeks

    Karmichael Hunt can return to competitive rugby in round eight of the Super Rugby season after the ARU suspends him for six weeks after pleading guilty to four counts of cocaine possession

  • Rugby

    Super Rugby preview, team news, line-ups: Round 4

    Greg Growden previews Super Rugby round 4. We've also got key stats, team news and all the line-ups as they are named to inform your ESPN Footytips Super Rugby picks

  • Football

    Mourinho: Nobody does it better than Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed a massive victory for his side against West Ham to retain their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League on a night all of their rivals won

  • News
  • Features
Sponsored Links
Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income