Dagg on wing for Crusaders opener against Blues
Isreal Dagg will be on the wing as the Crusaders named 10 All Blacks to take on the Blues at Eden Park on Friday night.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder didn't hesitate to roll out his big guns for their belated start to the Super Rugby championship.
Having had to sit out a bye in the opening round and watch the Blues upset the Hurricanes in Wellington, this match has suddenly taking on much bigger proportions for the seven-time champion red and blacks.
In maximising his talent, Blackadder has opted to play Dagg on the left wing rather than his preferred fullbacks positions.
Tom Taylor, called into the All Blacks end of year tour last season as an injury replacement but not used, gets the nod at No 15.
Talented openside flanker Matt Todd is the only non-international in a powerful pack while Dan Carter will spearhead a backline that features big centre Robbie Fruean making his 50th appearance for the Crusaders.
Crusaders: Tom Taylor, Adam Whitelock, Robbie Fruean, Ryan Crotty, Israel Dagg, Dan Carter, Andy Ellis, Kieran Read (c), Matt Todd, George Whitelock, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Dominic Bird, Luke Whitelock, Willi Heinz, Tyler Bleyendaal, Tom Marshall.