All Blacks call up Counties' Augustine Pulu to replace Aaron Smith




The All Blacks have today announced that Augustine Pulu will replace Aaron Smith in the squad ahead of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies at Eden Park.

Augustine Pulu passes

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Smith voluntarily withdrew himself from the selection process in an announcement yesterday following an incident involving a "female friend" in a Christchurch Airport toilet last month. 

Assistant coach Ian Foster confirmed that Smith will be replaced in the squad but could not mention any names.
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Pulu, who has been in impressive form for Counties Manukau, will join the squad as the third halfback option alongside TJ Perenara and Tawera Kerr-Barlow. 

The 26-year-old played two Tests against the USA and Scotland in 2014 and was also part of the All Blacks Sevens squad at the Rio Olympics. 

Counties Manukau have told 1 News that Pulu will still be available to play Canterbury in the semifinals on Sunday. 

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