One All Black released to play for Crusaders

Last updated 20:27 15/06/2014

Relevant offers


He's 40 but rugby warrior Brad Thorn could play for Reds next year Outgoing Tasman coach Kieran Keane fires parting shots at Crusaders and Canterbury All Black Augustine Pulu realising teenage dream with New Zealand Sevens team Larger New Zealand Sevens squad named for Dubai and Cape Town tournaments The All Blacks one-test wonders XV SARU confident of turnaround for Southern Kings Richie McCaw joins AIG as global ambassador on three-year agreement Sonny Bill Williams undergoes hijama cupping therapy 'Tongan Thor' Taniela Tupou named in Queensland Reds Super Rugby squad Allister Coetzee tipped to replace Heyneke Meyer as Springboks coach

Matt Todd is the only current All Black to be released to play for the Crusaders in their match against England on Tuesday night.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made an agreement with Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder that flanker Todd, who has been named on the bench, can play up to 40 minutes at AMI Stadium before returning the national squad ahead of the third test in Hamilton.

Lock Dominic Bird wasn’t considered because of a recent illness , Ryan Crotty was deemed to have had too much of a heavy workload this season and Colin Slade just wasn’t released. Other Crusaders players in the All Blacks are expected to be involved in the final test. Israel Dagg is injured.

Blackadder has listed George Whitelock as captain, starting him at openside flanker. Joe Moody, who hasn’t played a first class-match since breaking a leg in last year’s NPC final for Canterbury, is in the reserves.

Lock Joel Everson will make his Crusaders debut when he starts alongside Jimmy Tupou and Scott Barrett, the younger brother of All Blacks playmaker Beauden, has been named on the bench.

Crusaders:  Tom Taylor, Johnny McNicholl, Reynold Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia, Nafi Tuitavake, Tyler Bleyendaal, Willi Heinz, Luke Whitelock, George Whitelock (captain), Jordan Taufua, Joel Everson, Jimmy Tupou, Nepo Laulala, Corey Fynn, Tim Perry. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Siate Tokolahi, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, Andy Ellis, Adam Whitelock, Rob Thompson.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the best-performed All Blacks forward on the northern tour?

Dane Coles

Nathan Harris

Keven Mealamu

Wyatt Crockett

Charlie Faumuina

Ben Franks

Owen Franks

Joe Moody

Brodie Retallick

Luke Romano

Jeremy Thrush

Patrick Tuipulotu

Sam Whitelock

Sam Cane

Jerome Kaino

Richie McCaw

Liam Messam

Kieran Read

Vitor Vito

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content