Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to play the Cheetahs this weekend and has stuck with largely the same 23 players who beat the Lions last week.

The only player who was not involved last week is Kieran Read, who returns to captain the side having recovered from a head knock two weeks ago. He replaces Luke Whitelock who has returned to New Zealand with a knee injury.

There are also some rotations between starting positions and the bench.

Corey Flynn will start at hooker this weekend with Ben Funnell moving to the reserves, Nepo Laulala comes into the tighthead prop position, Owen Franks takes a spot on the bench while scrumhalves Willi Heinz and Andy Ellis have swapped so that Heinz wears number nine this week.

Crusaders XV:

1. Wyatt Crockett
2. Corey Flynn
3. Nepo Laulala
4. Dominic Bird
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. George Whitelock
7. Matt Todd
8. Kieran Read (C)
9. Willi Heinz
10. Colin Slade
11. Nemani Nadolo
12. Ryan Crotty (VC)
13. Kieron Fonotia
14. Johnny McNicholl
15. Israel Dagg

Replacements:

16. Ben Funnell
17. Daniel Lienert-Brown
18. Owen Franks
19. Jimmy Tupou
20. Jordan Taufua
21. Andy Ellis
22. Tyler Bleyendaal
23. Tom Taylor