WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks captain Kieran Read and prop Owen Franks have been passed fit, allowing the Crusaders to name an unchanged side for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Lions in Johannesburg.
Coach Scott Robertson has been able to name the same lineup for the Crusaders last three matches, including a quarterfinal against the Dunedin-based Highlanders and semifinal against the Hamilton-based Chiefs.
Read left the field during last weekend's semifinal with a knee injury and Franks with a sore Achilles tendon. But both passed fitness checks to be included in the side.
The Crusaders are seeking their eighth Super Rugby title and their first since 2008.
Crusaders: David Havili, Israel Dagg, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Seta Tamanivalu, Richie Mo'unga, Bryn Hall; Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Replacements: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, George Bridge.