Karl Tu'inukuafe

25-year-old loosehead Karl Tu'inukuafe first came to prominence back in 2010 as part of the massive First XV front row at Auckland's Wesley College, where he propped alongside fellow Chief and All Black Nepo Laulala.  

Tu'inukuafe made Counties Manukau age-grade teams and then took a couple of seasons off before kick starting his career with North Harbour in 2015.

He spent a season in French club rugby before returning home and was called into the Gallagher Chiefs squad late last year by Coach Colin Cooper, initially in a development capacity. But injuries have seen him make the matchday squad regularly since round five and he has impressed so far in his debut Investec Super Rugby season.

Test Debut:
v France in Auckland 9 June 2018
Test Points:

Test Match record

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9 Jun v France at Auckland 52-11 (+)
16 Jun v France at Wellington 26-13 (+)
23 Jun v France at Dunedin 49-14 (+)
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 38-13 (+)
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 40-12 (+)
8 Sep v Argentina at Nelson 46-24 (-)
15 Sep v South Africa at Wellington 34-36 (-)
30 Sep v Argentina at Buenos Aires 35 - 17 (-)
6 Oct v South Africa at Pretoria 32 - 30 (-)