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CRUSADERS vs MOANA PASIFIKA in Christchurch, Friday 5.05pm kickoff AEST

Coach Rob Penney has confirmed that Joe Moody, Willi Heinz, Ryan Crotty and Owen Franks will call time on their Crusaders careers at the end of the season.

Both Moody and Crotty appear in this week’s starting XV, while Franks will come off the bench.

The Crusaders are 10th ahead of the final round.

Coach Rob Penney of the Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Coach Rob Penney of the Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Getty

“We’ve got an opportunity as Crusaders fans to stand up in a united embrace of those four men in particular heading into this weekend, and celebrate what they’ve given to Crusaders rugby,” Penney said.

“We’re focused on Moana Pasifika now as that’s all we can control.

“We’ll sit back and see what unfolds over the weekend.”

CRUSADERS (1-15): Joe Moody, Codie Taylor (c), Tamaiti Williams, Antonio Shalfoon, Quinten Strange, Cullen Grace, Ethan Blackadder, Christian Lio-Willie, Noah Hotham, Fergus Burke, Macca Springer, Ryan Crotty, Dallas McLeod, Chay Fihaki, Johnny McNicholl

Reserves: George Bell, George Bower, Owen Franks, Dominic Gardiner, Tom Christie, Mitch Drummond, Taine Robinson, Heremaia Murray

MOANA PASIFIKA (1-15): Abraham Pole, Samiuela Moli, Sekope Kepu, Tom Savage, Allan Craig, Jacob Norris, Sione Havili Talitui (c), Lotu Inisi, Jonathan Taumateine, William Havili, Pepesana Patafilo. Julian Savea, Henry Taefu, Fine Inisi, Kyren Taumoefolau

Reserves: Tomasi Maka, Ivan Fepuleai, Suetena Asomua, Ola Tauelangi, Alamanda Motuga, Aisea Halo, Christian Lealiifano, Nigel Ah Wong

Referee: Angus Gardner

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