Bledisloe Cup 2020: All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala ruled out of Wallabies test

Prop Nepo Laulala has withdrawn from the All Blacks' Bledisloe Cup opener against Australia on Sunday, citing personal reasons. 

Laulala was due to come off the bench in the New Zealand's first home test in 400 days, but his spot will be taken by Tyrel Lomax, who was due to start for Tasman Mako in Sunday's Mitre 10 Cup match against Bay of Plenty. 

The All Blacks have confirmed Laulala withdrawal with a social media post.

Laulala has played 26 tests, since making his All Blacks debut in 2015. 

Laulala's loss comes 24 hours after fullback Beauden Barrett withdrew from the match, due to an Achilles injury.

Barrett has been replaced by Damian McKenzie in the No.15 jersey.

McKenzie hasn't played a test since the All Blacks' 66-3 demolition of Italy in November 2018, with a season-ending knee injury ruling him out of  last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan. 

Bledisloe Cup 2020: All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala ruled out of Wallabies test

All Blacks coach Ian Foster says Barrett's  injury isn't serious and his withdrawal is merely a precaution.

"Beaudie's Achilles flared up a little bit at training yesterday afternoon," said Foster, after Saturday's 'captain's run'. "It settled down overnight, not too bad and he's kicking out there now, but we made a decision for the first test to pull him out early.

"He's kicking now and running around, but we just felt, the way it tightened up and impacted on him yesterday, we'd take no chances."

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