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Friday 13th February 06:35 GMT

 

The seven time Super Rugby Champions, the Crusaders, open the 2015 version of the tournament, with a home fixture on Friday at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch against visitors from across the Tasman, the Melbourne based Rebels.

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After an indifferent start to the 2014 season, the Crusaders improved steadily as the season progressed, and eventually finished as New Zealand Conference winners, and second on the overall table. A crushing semi-final win at home against the Sharks, led to a thrilling and classic final at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, where the Waratahs denied them an eighth title by a solitary point, winning the Grand Final by 33-32.

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The Rebels meanwhile endured a thoroughly miserable campaign in which they managed just four wins, and finished rock bottom of the overall standings. Losing their last five games of the regular season, a run which is difficult to see them bringing to an end in Christchurch. The Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes to his side that played their final pre-season game last week in Brisbane against the Reds. Bringing in All Black skipper Richie McCaw for his first start of 2015. The other changes are both in the front row, where Joe Moody starts at loose head, alongside hooker Ben Funnell.


Tags: Super Rugby, AMI Stadium, Crusaders, Rebels, Richie McCaw
Posted: 13th February 2015


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