Ellis to bring up 150 Super Rugby matches

Halfback Andy Ellis will bring up 150 Super Rugby games for the Crusaders when he runs out against the NSW Waratahs in Christchurch.

The 28-Test All Black will become the third player to reach that mark for the Crusaders, joining hooker Corey Flynn and prop Wyatt Crockett.

Coach Todd Blackadder said the whole team wanted Saturday night to be a memorable occasion for the 32-year-old Ellis, who made his debut in 2006 for the franchise.

“Andy is such a popular member of this team and we all want this to be a memorable night for him for all the right reasons,” he said.

“It’s particularly special for Andy to mark this milestone in front of a home crowd.”

Blackadder made two changes to his starting line-up after the Crusaders’ eight-match winning streak was snapped by a 34-26 defeat last weekend to the defending champion Highlanders.

Both involve player rotations, with inside centre Ryan Crotty and prop Joe Moody coming in for David Havili and Crockett, who go to bench.

Despite the loss to their southern neighbours, the Crusaders remain on top of the overall competition table, but only just.

In a tight New Zealand conference, the Crusaders lead the Chiefs and Highlanders by just points difference, while the Hurricanes are only a point further back.

The Waratahs have won their past four matches to head the Australian conference.

Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Johnny McNicholl, Kieron Fonotia, Ryan Crotty, Jone Macilai, Richie Mo’unga, Andy Ellis, Kieran Read (capt), Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Res: Ged Robinson, Wyatt Crockett, Mike Alaalatoa, Scott Barrett, Tim Boys, Mitchell Drummond, David Havili, Marty McKenzie.

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