All Blacks prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi has joined the injured list ahead of the two-test tour of South Africa.
Coach Ian Foster said in a statement the 47-test prop would remain in New Zealand due to a neck injury when the squad travel on Friday to play two Rugby Championship tests against the Springboks on August 7 and 14 (NZT).
Crusaders prop Fletcher Newell has been summoned as a replacement player for the South African tour.
Tu’ungafasi joins lock Brodie Retallick, midfielder Jack Goodhue and fellow prop Nepo Laulala as non-starters for the Springboks tests due to injury, the statement said.
Retallick suffered a broken cheekbone in a head clash with Ireland’s Andrew Porter in Wellington.
Already ruled out when the squad was named last week were prop Joe Moody, midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown, loose forward Ethan Blackadder and lock Josh Lord.
Tu’ungafasi, 30, sustained a neck injury during the third test defeat to Ireland in Wellington, and will continue to work on his recovery with a goal of returning when the All Blacks meet Argentina in Christchurch next month.
Newell, 22, was rewarded for his performances in Super Rugby, as well as his strong showings for Canterbury at provincial level.
His Crusaders forwards coach, Jason Ryan, joined the All Blacks for the first time in Wellington on Monday and Tuesday after his callup in the wake of John Plumtree and Brad Mooar’s sackings following the 2-1 series defeat to Ireland.
‘I haven’t rung anyone as quick as that before’
Newell, who played his junior rugby at the Ashley club before attending Rangiora High School, missed a call from the All Blacks manager on a wet and dreary day in Christchurch.
A text message was left, asking the big prop to call back.
“I haven’t rung anyone as quick as that before,” Newell said.
“It was pretty surreal when he gave me the news,” he said. “It’s just an awesome moment and I really can’t put any words together at the moment.”
An emotional phone call to his father, Arnold, followed.
“He was a bit lost for words, I think he misheard me at the start.
“He was really stoked for me, he just told me that he was really proud,” Newell said. “It was a really special moment between me and him.”
Newell will train with Canterbury on Wednesday before leaving for South Africa on Friday.
He said Ryan had been a significant contributor to his success and he was looking forward to learning more from him in the All Blacks environment.
All Blacks Rugby Championship squad for South Africa: –
Hookers: Dane Coles, Samisoni Taukeiaho, Codie Taylor
Props: Aidan Ross, George Bower, Fletcher Newell, Ethan de Groot, Angus Ta’avao, Tyrel Lomax
Locks: Scott Barrett, Patrick Tuipulotu, Tupou Vaa’i, Sam Whitelock, Josh Dickson
Loose forwards: Sam Cane (captain), Shannon Frizell, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Ardie Savea, Hoskins Sotutu
Halfbacks: Finlay Christie, Folau Fakatava, Aaron Smith
First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo’unga, Stephen Perofeta
Midfielders: David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Quinn Tupaea, Brayden Ennor
Outside backs: Jordie Barrett, Caleb Clarke, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Will Jordan, Sevu Reece
Sunday, August 7, 3am (NZT) All Blacks v Springboks, Mbombela Stadium
Sunday, August 14, 3am (NZT) All Blacks v Springboks, Ellis Park, Johannesburg