Super Rugby
Romano ruled out of Crusaders trip
March 31, 2014
Luke Romano has suffered a calf injury during the Crusaders loss to the Hurricanes © Getty Images

Injury has ruled All Blacks lock Luke Romano out of the Crusaders' two-game Super Rugby trip to South Africa. Romano hurt a calf muscle early in his team's 29-26 loss to the Hurricanes in Christchurch on Friday. His place in the 27-man squad has been taken by Jimmy Tupou.

Captain Kieran Read left the Hurricanes game with a head knock but was cleared to depart with the team. The 13th-placed Crusaders play the Lions in Johannesburg this weekend and the Cheetahs in Port Elizabeth a week later.

Crusaders squad: Backs: Israel Dagg, Johnny McNicholl, Nemani Nandolo, Nafi Tuitavake, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Rey Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia, Ryan Crotty, Tom Taylor, Colin Slade, Tyler Bleyendaal, Andy Ellis, Willi Heinz Forwards: Kieran Read (capt), Matt Todd, Luke Whitelock, George Whitelock, Sam Whitelock, Jordan Taufua, Dominic Bird, Jimmy Tupou, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Wyatt Crockett, Mike Kainga, Corey Flynn, Ben Funnell

The Crusaders were shocked by a resurgent Hurricanes in Christchurch

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