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Nepo Laulala

Tighthead specialist Nepo Laulala returned to the All Blacks squad for the 2018 Vista Northern Tour, after a fractured forearm kept him sidelined for most of the year.
 
The powerful prop made his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2013 for the Crusaders after impressive provincial seasons for Canterbury and benefitted from working alongside the three All Blacks props in the team.
 
He was called up to the All Blacks for the first time in 2015, playing four pre-Rugby World Cup Tests that year.
 
He transferred to the Chiefs in 2016 but a serious knee injury kept him out for most of the season. In 2017, he made a strong return to the All Blacks side, playing nine Tests. His hard-working attitude and natural talent makes him an important member of the national side.
 
The softly-spoken, trained builder was born in Samoa, educated at Auckland’s Wesley College and is one of eight siblings. There’s a fair bit of rugby talent in the Laulala family: older brother Casey was an All Black (two Tests in 2004 and 2006), while brothers Ray and Luteru have played for Counties Manukau.

Player
Position:
Prop
Born:
06/11/1991
Physical:
1.84m, 116kg
Test Debut:
v Samoa in Apia, 8 July 2015
Test Points:
0
Caps:
17
Provincial Team:
Canterbury
Provincial Debut:
2011 v North Otago
Provincial Caps:
36 (end of 2014)
Provincial Points:
5 (1t)
Super Rugby Team:
Crusaders
Super Rugby Debut:
2013 v Chiefs

Test Match record

(+) subsitute(-) replaced

2015
8 July v Samoa at Apia 15-16 (+)
17 July v Argentina at Christchurch 39-18 (+)
8 August v Australia at Sydney 19-27 (+)
15 Aug vs Australia at Auckland 41-13 (+)

2017
26 August v Australia at Dunedin 35-29 (-)
9 September v Argentina at New Plymouth 39-22 (-)
16 September v South Africa at Albany 57-0 (-)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-10 (-)
8 October v South Africa 25-24 (-)
21 October v Australia at Brisbane 18-23 (-)
11 November v France at Paris 38-18 (-)
18 November v Scotland 22-17 (-)
25 November v Wales at Cardiff 33-18 (-)

2018
27 Oct v Australia at Yokohama 37-20 (+)
10 Nov v England at Twickenham 16 - 15 (+)
17 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 9 - 16 (+)
24 November v Italy at Rome 3-66 (-)