Super Rugby teams: Round 15 squads, injury news, referees

GREECE Hodge has been named in the No 10 jersey while Wallabies Dane Haylett-Petty and Jordan Uelese both return from injury in the Rebels side to host the Sunwolves on Friday.
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CRUSADERS v HURRICANES in Christchurch, Friday 5.35pm AEST

The Crusaders will be without captain Sam Whitelock and key midfielder Ryan Crotty for Friday’s top of the table clash with the Hurricanes.

Both Whitelock and Crotty have been ruled out after experiencing concussion symptoms with youngster Quinten Strange getting another start in the second row and veteran Tim Bateman stepping in for Crotty.

The Crusaders are also without three All Blacks props in Joe Moody, Owen Franks (both suspended) and Tim Perry, who was injured at a national training camp this week.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson still has the luxury of calling on Wyatt Crockett and Mike Alaalatoa to start the match.

Another Test forward, Luke Romano, has been named on the bench after recovering from injury.

The defending champion Crusaders lead the Super Rugby standings by one point from the Hurricanes, who have a game in hand.

Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock has been ruled out with concussion.
Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock has been ruled out with concussion.Source: AAP

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd, meanwhile, has his own injury concerns with lock Vaea Fifita (shoulder), centre Matt Proctor (sternum) and No 8 Gareth Evans (ankle) all ruled out.

All Blacks fullback Jordie Barrett will shift to outside centre, Michael Fatialofa is fit to partner Sam Lousi at lock while Blade Thomson will start at the back of the scrum alongside captain Brad Shields.

Hawke’s Bay back Jonah Lowe is in line to make is Hurricanes debut after being named on the bench.

CRUSADERS (15-1): David Havili, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, Tim Bateman, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd (c), Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Quinten Strange, Scott Barrett, Mike Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett

Reserves: Andrew Makalio, Chris King, Donald Brighouse, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Mitchell Drummond, Mitch Hunt, Braydon Ennor

HURRICANES (15-1): Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Blade Thomson, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields (c), Sam Lousi, Michael Fatialofa, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Ricky Riccitelli, Toby Smith

Reserves: James O’Reilly, Chris Eves, Ben May, Murray Douglas, Reed Prinsep, Finlay Christie, Ihaia West, Jonah Lowe

Referee: Angus Gardner (AUS)

Venue: AMI Stadium

Parker nails game-winner

Parker nails game-winner – 0:38

 REBELS v SUNWOLVES in Melbourne, Friday 7.45pm AEST

Reece Hodge has been named in the No 10 jersey while Wallabies Dane Haylett-Petty and Jordan Uelese both return from injury in the Rebels side to host the Sunwolves on Friday.

Regular five-eighth Jack Debreczeni has dropped out of the squad entirely as Rebels coach Dave Wessels instead tasks Hodge with chief playmaking duties.

Utility back Hodge played five-eighth throughout his school career and also started at No 10 for the Wallabies against Japan last year.

Michael Cheika’s five-eighth options are slim behind starter Bernard Foley and the Test coach will also be heartened by the return from injury of Wallabies Haylett-Petty and Jordan Uelese.

Haylett-Petty will start at fullback after he suffered a bulged disc in his neck against the Bulls in Pretoria a month ago.

Uelese — in contention to be the Wallabies starting hooker against Ireland next month — is set to return off the bench after injuring his arm in the same game.

Uncapped prop Pone Fa’amausili and five-eighth Tayler Adams, are also in line to earn Super Rugby debuts off the bench.

Halfback Will Genia remains sidelined with injury.

“We’ve picked a side with a nice balance of youth and experience,” Wessels said.

“It’s good to have Dane back in the starting XV — he’s a real leader in the group and everyone will take confidence from having him around.

“It should be a great game.

“The Sunwolves played some fantastic attacking rugby to beat the Stormers and Reds in the last two weeks, so we know they’re arriving Melbourne full of confidence.

“Most of all, we’re excited to be returning in front of our home fans at the Stockade.

“It’s a critical game for us, so we’re looking forward to putting on a display that Melbourne people can be proud of.”

REBELS (15-1): Dane Haylett-Petty, Jack Maddocks, Tom English, Billy Meakes, Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, Michael Ruru, Amanaki Mafi, Colby Fainga’a, Angus Cottrell, Adam Coleman (c), Matt Philip, Sam Talakai, Anaru Rangi, Fereti Sa’aga

Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Ben Daley, Pone Fa’amausili, Geoff Parling, Lopeti Timani, Harrison Goddard, Tayler Adams, Sefa Naivalu

SUNWOLVES (TBC)

Referee: Federico Anselmi (ARG)

Venue: AAMI Park

Jaguares winger Sebastian Cancelliere scores a try against the Bulls in Buenos Aires.
Jaguares winger Sebastian Cancelliere scores a try against the Bulls in Buenos Aires.Source: AFP

JAGUARES v SHARKS in Buenos Aires, Saturday 5.40am AEST

JAGUARES (TBC)
SHARKS (TBC)

Referee: Paul Williams (NZ)

Venue: Jose Amalfitani Stadium

When Polota-Nau laid out Cane

When Polota-Nau laid out Cane – 0:15

 CHIEFS v WARATAHS in Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm AEST

CHIEFS (TBC)

WARATAHS (TBC)

Referee: Glen Jackson (NZ)

Venue: FMG Stadium

Tongan Thor at his best

Tongan Thor at his best – 0:24

 REDS v HIGHLANDERS in Brisbane, Saturday 7.45pm AEST

REDS (TBC)

HIGHLANDERS (TBC)

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (SA)

Venue: Suncorp Stadium

Arnold send off duds Brumbies

Arnold send off duds Brumbies – 1:59

 BULLS v BRUMBIES in Pretoria, Saturday 11.05pm AEST

BULLS (TBC)

BRUMBIES (TBC)

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (SA)

Venue: Loftus Versfeld

Former Bok storms off TV show

Former Bok storms off TV show – 0:47

 STORMERS v LIONS in Cape Town, Sunday 1.15am AEST

STORMERS (TBC)

LIONS (TBC)

Referee: Nick Briant (NZ)

Venue: Newlands

BYE: BLUES

Source: FoxSports