All Blacks call Pulu into squad for Bledisloe Cup

The All Blacks have called Chiefs and Counties Manukau halfback Augustine Pulu into the New Zealand squad for next week’s Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday the 18th of October.

Twenty-four-year-old Pulu joins the All Black squad as replacement for his Chiefs teammate halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow who suffered a serious knee injury in the Test against the Springboks in Johannesburg on the weekend.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said,”The selectors have been watching Augustine for awhile, he is an exciting young player and we think the next obvious choice at halfback. We would like to congratulate him on his selection and we are looking forward to working with him.”

Ben Smith, as announced earlier, will take a break after carrying a heavy workload this year and reassemble with the All Blacks for the end of year tour.

The All Blacks squad assembles in Brisbane next Monday to prepare for the Test against Australia at Suncorp Stadium .


Hookers: Dane Coles, Nathan Harris and Keven Mealamu.
Props: Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks and Joe Moody.
Locks: Brodie Retallick, Jeremy Thrush, Patrick Tuipulotu and Sam Whitelock.
Loose forwards: Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Steven Luatua, Richie McCaw, Liam Messam and Kieran Read.


Halfbacks: TJ Perenara, Augustine Pulu and Aaron Smith.
First five-eighths: Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade.
Midfielders: Ryan Crotty, Conrad Smith and Malakai Fekitoa.
Outside backs: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Charles Piutau and Julian Savea.

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