Super Rugby round eight
Corey Flynn misses Sharks game
ESPN Staff
April 3, 2013
Hooker Corey Flynn hits the bags in training, New Zealand training session, University Oval, Dunedin, July 18, 2011
Corey Flynn has been replaced by Ben Funnell © Getty Images

The Crusaders have been hit by a fresh injury blow ahead of their Super Rugby fixture against the Sharks in Durban. with Corey Flynn ruled out after sustaining an eye injury at training on Wednesday. Ben Funnell replaces the All Blacks hooker in the starting side, with Codie Taylor called up from New Zealand to take a place on the replacements bench.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder had previously made three changes to the starting team that defeated the Stormers at Newlands. Andy Ellis returns to half-back, with Willi Heinz moving to the bench. Zac Guildford moves to the left wing to replace Johnny McNicholl, who fractured his right fibula against the Stormers, with Adam Whitelock selected on the right wing.

On the bench, Telusa Veainu will have the opportunity to make his first appearance for the Crusaders if he makes it onto the field.

Crusaders: Tom Marshall; Adam Whitelock, Robbie Fruean, Ryan Crotty, Zac Guildford; Tyler Bleyendaal, Andy Ellis; Luke Whitelock, Matt Todd, George Whitelock (captain); Samuel Whitelock, Luke Romano; Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: Codie Taylor Joe Moody, Dominic Bird, Jordan Taufua, Willi Heinz, Telusa Veainu, Israel Dagg.

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