Nepo Laulala

Physically intimdating, tighthead specialist Nepo Laulala has the right attitude and commitment to match his natural talent.

Laulala is a powerful prop and solid defender and has benefitted from working alongside three All Blacks props in the Crusaders environment, in Owen Franks, Wyatt Crockett and Joe Moody. Laulala made his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2013 after impressive provincial performances for Canterbury, where he made his ITM Cup debut in a 2011 Ranfurly Shield defence against North Otago.

He was born in Samoa and educated at Auckland's Mt Albert Grammar and later at Wesley College, both proud rugby schools. There's a fair bit of rugby talent in the Laulala family as well: older brother Casey was an All Black, while younger brother Luteru is in the 2015 New Zealand Under 20 side.

1.84m, 116kg
Test Debut:
v Samoa in Apia, 8 July 2015
Test Points:
Provincial Team:
Provincial Debut:
2011 v North Otago
Provincial Caps:
36 (end of 2014)
Provincial Points:
5 (1t)
Super Rugby Team:
Super Rugby Debut:
2013 v Chiefs

Test Match record

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8 July v Samoa at Apia 15-16 (+)
17 July v Argentina at Christchurch 39-18 (+)
8 August v Australia at Sydney 19-27 (+)
15 Aug vs Australia at Auckland 41-13 (+)

26 August v Australia at Dunedin 35-29 (-)
9 September v Argentina at New Plymouth 39-22 (-)
16 September v South Africa at Albany 57-0 (-)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-10 (-)
8 October v South Africa 25-24 (-)
21 October v Australia at Brisbane 18-23 (-)
11 November v France at Paris 38-18 (-)
18 November v Scotland 22-17 (-)
25 November v Wales at Cardiff 33-18 (-)