| Latest Rugby News | Friday May 4 2012 10:40
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw remains on the bench for the Crusaders as he continues his return from foot surgery.
Coach Todd Blackadder has named a settled line up for Sunday's final rematch against the Reds.
He says they don't want to throw him straight into what's bound to be a physical match.
"We could almost trust starting him. One of the reasons why we haven't is this game's going to be really intense I'd suggest and it's different when you're trying to come back from a long injury and play at a level of intensity that I'm sure that there will be."
The only change to the team which beat the Waratahs could come on right wing, where Sean Maitland is bracketed with Adam Whitelock.
Maitland has been recovering from an ankle injury.
Assistant coach Daryl Gibson says Tom Taylor has been guiding the side well at first five and is kicking all his goals.
He says he's well aware that the All Blacks will want Dan Carter at 10, but at this point, he's not ready.
"For us at the moment the 10, 12 combination with him and Taylor is working really well so until that point where we feel that DC's better used at 10, we'll reserve judgement until then."
Meanwhile Sunday afternoon rugby is finding favour with the Crusaders.
Winger Zac Guildford is over being a creature of the night.
"I reckon it's awesome, gives us a chance to get out there and play in some sunshine in front of a home crowd and also you don't have to wait all bloody day until 7.30 to play a game."
The Crusaders will host the Reds in front of a sellout crowd at 4pm on Sunday at AMI Stadium, having played at the same time in Sydney last week.
1. Ben Franks
2. Corey Flynn
3. Owen Franks
4. Luke Romano
5. Tom Donnelly
6. George Whitelock
7. Matt Todd
8. Kieran Read
9. Andy Ellis
10. Tom Taylor
11. Zac Guildford
12. Dan Carter
13. Robbie Fruean
14. Sean Maitland/Adam Whitelock
15. Israel Dagg
16. Ben Funnell
17. Wyatt Crockett
18. Samuel Whitelock
19. Richie McCaw
20. Willi Heinz
21. Ryan Crotty
22. Tom Marshall
Photo: Richie McCaw (Photosport)