Augustine Pulu called into All Blacks squad

Counties Manukau halfback Augustine Pulu has been called into the All Blacks squad for the Brisbane Test against Australia.

24-year-old Pulu comes in as injury 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.

"The selectors have been watching Augustine for a while, he is an exciting young player and we think the next obvious choice at halfback," All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

"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 will reassemble with the All Blacks for the end of year tour.

First five-eighth Aaron Cruden and Auckland lock Patrick Tuipulotu return to the 31-strong squad.

All Blacks Forwards:

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.

All Blacks Backs:

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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Augustine Pulu of Counties Manukau


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