Sonny Bill Williams will make Crusaders Debut
Story by: CRFU - Photo by: Stringer
Crusaders team to play Waratahs
All Black midfielder Sonny Bill Williams will play his first game for the Crusaders when taking the field in the Investec Super Rugby match against the Waratahs at Trafalgar Park in Nelson on Friday night.
Williams has recovered from a stress fracture in his foot and will start at second-five. He will partner Robbie Fruean in the midfield.
Williams played seven games for Canterbury in last season's ITM Cup and made the All Blacks squad for the end of year tour to the United Kingdom.
Adam Whitelock, who played second-five in the round one match against the Blues, moves to the left wing, replacing the injured Tu Umaga-Marshall.
Two other changes occur to the make-up of the reserves, with Tasman player Quentin MacDonald back from a knee injury to take his place as reserve hooker.
Another Tasman player, Tom Marshall, replaces Tyler Bleyendaal in the No. 22 jersey.
The Crusaders players will be wearing the red and white jersey of the West Coast for the match in tribute to the 29 miners who lost their lives at Pike River.
The special edition adidas jersey features the West Coast Rugby Union emblem alongside the Crusaders logo.
These jerseys will be signed by the player who wore it and auctioned off on website TradeMe to raise money for the Pike River Mine families. The jerseys are available for bidding from this morning.
As of this morning, 6600 tickets had been sold for the match. There are still general admission tickets available. Tickets can be purchased from Ticket Direct at www.ticketdirect.co.nz or 0800 224 224.
The Crusaders team to play the Waratahs at Trafalgar Park, Nelson, on Friday March 4, kick-off 7.35pm, is:
1. Wyatt Crockett
2. Corey Flynn
3. Owen Franks
4. Brad Thorn
5. Sam Whitelock
6. George Whitelock
7. Matt Todd
8. Kieran Read (Capt)
9. Andy Ellis
10. Daniel Carter
11. Adam Whitelock
12. Sonny Bill Williams
13. Robbie Fruean
14. Sean Maitland
15. Israel Dagg
16. Quentin MacDonald
17. Ben Franks
18. Chris Jack
19. Jonathan Poff
20. Willi Heinz
21. Matt Berquist
22. Tom Marshall
Referee - Chris Pollock