Crusaders vs. Highlanders; Super Rugby Game on Friday

Rugby is one of the most celebrated games in the world. The Super Rugby League 2020 has already started and rugby enthusiasts are looking forward to a number of interesting rugby matches to watch. One of the matches that have been in the limelight for a long time is Crusaders vs. Highlanders. There is a lot of craze in rugby enthusiasts for this match and the rugby online betting market is full with bets on both the teams.

Highlanders Team:

The head coach of Highlanders Jamie Joseph announced the name of the starting XV who will play against Crusaders Friday afternoon. The match will be played at the Whitestone
Contracting Stadium in Oamaru at 4:30 pm NZT.

The match will be the second pre-season game for both- Crusaders and Highlanders. Highlanders played at the chiefs in Taupe last weekend, but the team for the upcoming game has major changes. This time, Tony Woodcock, Ma’a Nonu, and Aaron Smith will get a chance to play and their names are in the starting XV.

The names of the team players for Highlanders include:

  1. Tony Woodcock
  2. Brayden Mitchell
  3. Ma’afu Fia
  4. Brad Thorn
  5. Jarrad Hoeata
  6. Joe Wheeler
  7. John Hardie
  8. Elliot Dixon
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Lima Sopoaga
  11. Hosea Gear (c)
  12. Ma’a Nonu
  13. Phil Burleigh
  14. Kade Poki
  15. Buxton Popoalii

Brayden Mitchell will play at hooker which is a major change. Jarrad Hoeata will join the lock and Brad Thorn and Joe Wheeler will be shifted from lock to blindside.


Crusaders appear to be fully prepared for the upcoming game. They are having sessions regularly to win the Blues. There is no change in the tight five but other changes are significant. Whetukamokamo Douglas is injured and Tom Sanders is being shifted to No. 8. Cullen Grace will play his first game and is added to the blindside.

The team players name for the game includes:

1. Joe Moody

2.   Codie Taylor (VC)

3.   Oliver Jager

4.   Scott Barrett (C)

5.   Mitchell Dunshea

6.   Cullen Grace

7.   Tom Christie

8.   Tom Sanders

9.   Bryn Hall

10. Richie Mo’unga

11. George Bridge

12. Jack Goodhue

13. Braydon Ennor

14. Sevu Reece

15. David Havili (VC)

Both the teams have also announced their reserves as well and the teams appear fully prepared. The match will be an exciting match as both the teams are in full form.