Team naming Ethan Blackadder

The Crusaders have named their team for the first of two home games to close out the regular season.

Our boys will be proud of the jersey when they take the field on Saturday night against the Blues. Will it be something bigger than the old North-South derby?

Codie Taylor continues his return to form and will captain the front row team, joining Joe Moody and Fletcher Newell to make it an All Blacks front row team.

Antonio Shalfoon gets his second start with the shirt alongside Quinten Strange.

The loose forward trio look stronger than ever with Ethan Blackadder back in the 7 shirt, Cullen Grace and Christian Lio-Willie providing strength.

Noah Hotham wins another start at halfback, with Fergus Burke fit and ready to score goals and call plays across the paddock.

Sevu Reece and Chay Fihaki will dance on the left and right flanks respectively, with David Havili in the second five and Levi Aumua, recovered from injury, in the centre.

Johnny McNicholl will call the shots from the side after a stellar season so far.

We’re looking at a replacement front row of George Bell, George Bower and the return of All Black Tamaiti Williams.

Jamie Hannah and Tom Christie will join the pine forward group, with Mitch Drummond, Taha Kemara and Dallas McLeod also making an impact when their time comes.

It is always a great occasion when we face Les Bleus, even more so when we are at home. Don’t miss your chance to see our boys in one of our last home games this season.