After having debuted for the All Blacks in 2004, Casey Laulala made his international comeback against Ireland in 2006. He remains one of the hardest players to contain in broken field play in the New Zealand game. In 2007 he will again play for the Junior All Blacks as they compete in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup. Laulala was the only back to start in every Crusaders game in the 2007 Rebel Sport Super 14. Another outstanding talent from Pukekohe’s Wesley College near Auckland - the school attended by All Black legend Jonah Lomu, making his first class debut for Counties Manukau shortly after he featured in New Zealand's winning Under-19 team at the 2001 Junior World Cup in Chile. He first rose to prominence during the Air New Zealand NPC competition in 2003, then refused to relinquish the No 13 jersey in a full strength 2004 Canterbury side. After making his Test debut against Wales in 2004, Laulala played two matches for the Junior All Blacks in Australia in 2005 and produced another strong NPC season for Canterbury. Laulala is blessed with speed and strength and slick ball skills. New Zealand Representative Teams New Zealand Under 19 in 2001 All Blacks in 2004, 2006 Junior All Blacks in 2005 Career Notes • Scored the lone, decisive try in the Crusaders’ 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 final win over the Hurricanes. • Scored a try in the first match of the Junior All Blacks tour of Australia, against Queensland. • Started at centre in 11 consecutive matches for Canterbury in 2005, including all Air New Zealand NPC Division One games, and scored four tries, tied for third on the team. • Scored a try for the All Blacks against the UK Barbarians at Twickenham in December 2004. • Was a member of the New Zealand Under 19 team that won the IRB Under 19 World Championship in Chile in 2001. • Began his first-class career with Counties Manukau, where he was the team’s joint second-top try-scorer in 2002 with four. Moved to Canterbury in 2003 and joined the Crusaders in 2004.
20/11/04 v Wales at Cardiff
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Test match Record by Year (+) = substitute; (-) = replaced 2004 Nov 20 v Wales at Cardiff 26-25 2006 Jun 17 v Ireland at Auckland 27-17 Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 63 Provincial Debut 2001 v King Ctry (Counties Manukau) Super 14 Caps 28 Super 14 Points 35 (7t) Super 14 Debut 2004 v Sharks