All Blacks vs Australia: Nepo Laulala out of Bledisloe Cup opener, Tyrel Lomax in

All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala has been ruled out of the Bledisloe Cup opener due to personal reasons.

The All Blacks have been hit with another late change to their lineup for the Bledisloe Cup opener against the Wallabies.

Prop Nepo Laulala has withdrawn from Sunday afternoon’s test match in Wellington due to personal reasons.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Saturday’s withdrawal of fullback Beauden Barrett , who will sit out the game with a minor achilles tendon injury, which has seen Damian McKenzie promoted to start in the No 15 jersey.

Laulala, who has played 26 tests, had been the All Blacks’ starting preference in the No 3 jersey through last year, though the irresistible Super Rugby Aotearoa form of Ofa Tuungafasi had seen the pair trade roles for the match at Sky Stadium.

The All Blacks coach said Rieko Ioane, Ofa Tuungafasi and Shannon Frizell have all stood out this year.

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