Raw: How Augustine Pulu's day began at Counties Manukau training and ended with an All Blacks call up




Just like he has done on every other Tuesday over the last eight weeks, Augustine Pulu woke up this morning and headed off to train with Counties Manukau.

The incoming Blues halfback is brought up to speed on all the moves he could be executing against the Wallabies on Eden Park.
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But he knew today was a little more special than usual. After all, Counties Manukau is coming off their first win over Canterbury in 18 years and are about to face the red-and-blacks again this weekend for a shot at their first NPC title since 1979.

Then the All Blacks called with an invitation to replace Aaron Smith and rejoin camp for the first time since he made two Test appearances against the USA and Scotland on the 2014 end-of-year tour.

Assistant coach Ian Foster confirmed that Smith will be replaced in the squad but could not mention any names.
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A quick dash up State Highway 1 and the 26-year-old was alongside TJ Perenara and Tawera Kerr-Barlow running through the moves he could be executing if called on to play against the Wallabies at Eden Park in the third Bledisloe Cup Test on Saturday.

But just before you start to feel sorry for his province, it's been confirmed that he will still be available to take on Canterbury the following day with travel arrangements being made to ensure he gets back to the Steelers in Christchurch for a 2.05pm kick-off in the Mitre 10 Cup semifinals.

Regardless of whether he plays for the All Blacks this weekend, Pulu will still be required to do a full week of preparation for the Test while staying in the right frame of mind to create provincial history just over 12 hours after the fulltime whistle blows at Eden Park. 

The Blues coach gives his old team a bit of help ahead of their do-or-die clash with Canterbury in Pukekohe on Saturday.
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