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Richie McCaw to Start for Crusaders in Super Rugby Semifinal

New Zealand rugby captain Richie McCaw was named to start for the Canterbury Crusaders in their July 2 Super Rugby semifinal against South Africa’s Stormers.

McCaw, who hasn’t played since the May 29 loss to the Queensland Reds because of a foot injury, replaces Matt Todd at openside flanker in the only change to the team that beat the Sharks 36-8 last weekend.

“I expect him to last,” Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder told the Christchurch-based Press newspaper. “He’s one of those guys who just does so much training that he’s mentally strong.”

The match in Cape Town will be the seven-time champion Crusaders’ fourth semifinal in South Africa in five seasons. They lost the previous three to the Bulls.

CRUSADERS: Tom Marshall, Sean Maitland, Robbie Fruean, Sonny Bill Williams, Zac Guildford, Dan Carter, Andy Ellis, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), George Whitelock, Sam Whitelock, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett.

RESERVES: Quentin MacDonald, Ben Franks, Luke Romano, Matt Todd, Kahn Foutali’i, Matt Berquist, Ryan Crotty.

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