Nepo Laulala rugby player
Nepo Laulala rugby player

Nepo Laulala

11th Jun 1991 1.84m/116kg Tighthead Prop
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Laulala attended high school at Wesley College in South Auckland and was part of the high school First XV side. He joined the Canterbury Academy and made his first appearance for their ITM Cup side in 2011.

Laulala was one of nine new recruits in the 2013 Crusaders squad, earning the call-up after a second impressive provincial season for Canterbury.

As the younger brother of former All Black Casey, it is already clear that there is plenty of natural talent for this tighthead prop but it is his attitude and commitment that most impressed the Crusaders selectors.

He benefits from the mentorship of fellow tighthead and All Black Owen Franks at the Crusaders while also providing useful back-up to him.

Laulala really stepped up in the 2015 Super Rugby season and so much so that he earned an All Black call up for the Rugby Championship.

A serious knee injury during training in 2016 led to reconstructive surgery and a 12 month recovery period has put him on the sidelines for the rest of the year.

Laulala joined the Chiefs ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season having played in 33 Super Rugby matches, scoring one try for the Crusaders.

In July 2017, Laulala signed a three-year extension with the Chiefs. Nepo made 14 appearances for the Chiefs in 2017 Super Rugby.

In August 2017, following the injury to Owen Franks - Laulala, a four-Test All Black, was named to start the 2nd Bledisloe Cup Test v Australia.

(August 2017)

Career

photo New Zealand
Loosehead Prop
2015 - present
chiefs Chiefs
Tighthead Prop
2015 - present
counties Counties Manukau
Tighthead Prop
2016 - present
Wesley College nz logo Wesley College
Tighthead Prop
crusadars Crusaders
Tighthead Prop
2013 - 2015
Untitled Canterbury
Tighthead Prop
2012 - 2016