Sam Whitelock out for Crusaders

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Radio Sport Staff,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Thursday, 17 May 2018, 8:07PM
The Crusaders captain has been feeling under the weather. (Photo / Photosport)

The Crusaders will be without their captain to face the Blues on Saturday.

Sam Whitelock has been ruled out and is replaced by Quinten Strange in the run-on side for the Super Rugby match Eden Park.

Coach Scott Robertson says Whitelock hasn't been feeling himself.

"He wasn't feeling great earlier in the week, so we just made a call, said look, give you a chance to freshen up."

Flanker Matt Todd assumes the captaincy in a side that sees All Blacks props Tim Perry and Owen Franks back in the front row.

Heiden Bedwell-Curtis comes into the run-on side for Pete Samu at blindside, while George Bridge replaces Manasa Mataele on the left wing while David Havili returns at fullback.

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