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Whitelock returns while Matera retains flanker position for Super Rugby Pacific final

Whitelock returns while Matera retains flanker position for Super Rugby Pacific final

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Thursday 16/06/2022
Sam Whitelock and Pablo Matera

Veteran lock Sam Whitelock returns to the starting line-up for the Crusaders after he was withdrawn in the last minute due to a thumb injury during their semi-final clash against the Chiefs.

Whitelock will partner with captain, Scott Barrett in the locks while Pablo Matera retains his openside flanker position after the SANZAAR Judicial Committee cleared him to play in the final.

Other players named in the starting 15s include George Bower, Codie Taylor, Tom Christie, Cullen Grace, Bryn Hall, Richie Mo'unga, Leicester Fainga'anuku, David Havili, Jack Goodhue, Sevu Reece and Will Jordan.

The Crusaders will meet the Blues 7.05pm Saturday at Eden Park in Auckland.

Crusaders team to play the Blues:

1. George Bower 2. Codie Taylor (VC) 3. Oli Jager 4. Scott Barrett (C) 5. Sam Whitelock 6. Pablo Matera 7. Tom Christie 8. Cullen Grace 9. Bryn Hall 10. Richie Mo'unga 11. Leicester Fainga'anuku 12. David Havili (VC) 13. Jack Goodhue 14. Sevu Reece 15. Will Jordan RESERVES: 16. Brodie McAlister 17. Tamaiti Williams 18. Fletcher Newell 19. Quinten Strange 20. Corey Kellow 21. Mitch Drummond 22. Braydon Ennor 23. George Bridge

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