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Crusaders and Sharks name sides for Twickenham

25 March 2011

  • Crusaders and Sharks name sides for match at Twickenham
  • I’d urge fans to get get their tickets now – Dan Carter
Dan Carter poses at Twickenham Stadium

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Crusaders fly half Dan Carter has said that he's expecting a tough game when his side take on South African Investec Super Rugby opponents the Sharks at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, kick off 4pm.

Tickets are still available for the first ever Investec Super Rugby game to be played outside of the Southern Hemisphere and can be purchased now via Prices range from £30, £40 and £50 with £5 from each ticket sold going to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal.

Speaking about the game, 29-year-old Carter is anticipating a physical encounter, and said: “They are a team full of big, fast men and it will be a very tough match. They have strengths across the park but we’ve prepared well for them.

"We are all looking forward to playing at Twickenham  - it’s easy to get excited about this one. We're hoping that there's a big crowd at the stadium so I’d urge fans not to leave it until the last minute and get their tickets now.”

Trained well in London all week – Blackadder

The Crusaders in training in London

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Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder added: “We have trained well here in London all week and now we want to replicate that against the Sharks at Twickenham on Sunday.

“It will be a big test for us, but I’m confident we can put in a performance to be proud of. We’re looking forward to playing in front of a big crowd – the atmosphere and sense of occasion should be superb.”

The in-form Crusaders have convincingly won their last three games of their Investec Super Rugby campaign and will be looking to make Twickenham their fortress against a team who have not beaten them since 2007.

But with some of rugby’s biggest names gracing the turf this Sunday it is guaranteed to be a master class in fast flowing, expansive rugby.

Crusaders starting XV:

1 Wyatt Crockett, 2 Corey Flynn, 3, Owen Frank, 4 Brad Thorn, 5 Sam Whitelock, 6 George Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd, 8 Kieran Read (C), 9 Andy Ellis, 10 Dan Carter, 11 Zac Guildford, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 13 Robbie Fruean, 14 Sean Maitland, 15 Israel Dagg.

Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Chris Jack, 19 Jonathan Poff, 20 Kahn Fotualii, 21 Matt Berquist, 22 Adam Whitelock.

Sharks starting XV:

1 John Smit (C), 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 4 Steven Sykes, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 6 Keegan Daniel, 7 Willem Alberts, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 9 Charl McLeod, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 12 Meyer Bosman, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 15 Louis Ludik.

Replacements:  16 Eugene van Staden, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 JP Pietersen.

You can buy tickets until 10am on Sunday from Ticketmaster and walk-up tickets will be available at Twickenham Stadium on the day. Please arrive early though as we are expecting demand to be high.