Dagg returns to fullback for Crusaders
March 6, 2013
Israel Dagg returns to his favoured No.15 jersey after a quiet stint on the wing last weekend. © Getty Images
Israel Dagg is back at fullback for the Crusaders for Friday's game with the Hurricanes in Wellington.
Dagg started on the wing for the Crusaders in their opening game of the season while Tom Taylor started at fullback. However, the return of wing Johnny McNicholl has allowed Dagg to return to his preferred position.
Tom Marshall has been named on the right while Dominic Bird starts the game after replacing Luke Romano, who injured a rib early in the Blues game. Adam Whitelock and Taylor have dropped to the reserves.
An intriguing aside to the game is the first clash of the Franks brothers, Owen at tighthead for the Crusaders and Ben at loosehead for the Hurricanes.
Crusaders: 1.Wyatt Crockett, 2.Corey Flynn, 3.Owen Franks, 4.Samuel Whitelock, 5.Dominic Bird, 6.George Whitelock, 7.Matt Todd, 8.Kieran Read (captain), 9.Andy Ellis, 10.Dan Carter, 11.Johnny McNicholl, 12.Ryan Crotty, 13.Robbie Fruean, 14.Tom Marshall, 15.Israel Dagg. Reserves:16.Ben Funnell, 17.Joe Moody, 18.Tom Donnelly, 19.Luke Whitelock, 20.Willi Heinz, 21.Tom Taylor, 22.Adam Whitelock.