Good on ya Joe
Joe Moody’s father was also his best mate, biggest fan and critic before he died from prostate cancer last July.
It’s Tony who Moody will honour on Sunday afternoon, when he becomes the 19th Crusaders centurion in their away clash against the Hurricanes.
Rather than framing and hanging his playing jersey on a wall, Moody is auctioning it off to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ, and to raise awareness around the most common cancer among men in the country.
“He was my best mate and biggest fan as well. It’s tough that he’s not here to share this experience with me. But if we can raise a bit of awareness around it, and some funds to go towards it as well, that will be a bonus.” The top bid on the Trade Me auction, which closes at 4pm on April 16, has already topped $3000.
And in team news
Robertson has made multiple changes to his team after last week’s stinker against the Highlanders, including resting outstanding flanker Ethan Blackadder due to a neck “niggle”, and rotating tighthead props Michael Alaalatoa and Oli Jager.
Whetukamokamo Douglas will start in Blackadder’s place, while Tom Sanders, back from fracturing a cheek in an inter-squad friendly in February, will cover all three loose forward positions off the bench in his first match of the season. Robertson insists Blackadder, who has had a lousy run of injuries in recent years, will be back to face the Chiefs next week.
A week after George Bridge returned from a lengthy chest injury and started in the unfamiliar No 14 jersey, he’s moved back to his familiar spot on the left wing, dropping Leicester Fainga’anuku to the bench. Robertson has also opted against carrying a specialist pivot on the pine, meaning utility David Havili will cover Richie Mo’unga.