Luke Whitelock replaces Kieran Read
March 28, 2013
George Whitelock leads the team in Kieran Read's absence © Getty Images
Luke Whitelock has been named to replace Kieran Read for the opening game of the Crusaders' South African tour against the Stormers, while his brother George will lead the team in the No. 8's absence. Read sustained a toe injury in the victory against the Southern Kings.
Whitelock is one of four changes to the side, which will also be without fly-half Dan Carter on paternity leave pending the birth of his first child. His place will be taken by Tyler Bleyendaal.
Israel Dagg returns at fullback, after missing the Kings' game with a hamstring problem, meaning Tom Marshall returns to the wing and Zac Guildford dropps to the bench.
Ryan Crotty, meanwhile, will play his 50th Super Rugby game for the side.
Crusaders: Israel Dagg; Tom Marshall, .Robbie Fruean, Ryan Crotty, Johnny McNicholl; Tyler Bleyendaal, Willi Heinz; Luke Whitelock, Matt Todd, George Whitelock; Samuel Whitelock , Luke Romano; Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Dominic Bird, Jordan Taufua, Andy Ellis, Adam Whitelock, Zac Guildford.
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