The All Blacks lost to the Wallabies this past weekend, and in a game that was riddled with ridiculous physicality, the biggest of the hits was from replacement prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi. He has been included in the New Zealand squad for the November tour.
Around the 59 minute mark Tu’ungafasi, who used to be known not only for his giant frame but his giant dreads too, got the shoulder warmed up with a thumping double hit with Sam Cane.
Ten minutes later, his target was a little smaller and easier to line up, as Bernard Foley took a short pop ball that he will live to regret. The Wallaby playmaker was was demolished by Tu’ungafasi, but to his credit, hopped back up and continued the game.
There was another thumping hit just seconds later, that time by lock Adam Coleman on Cane.
It’s safe to say that Tu’ungafasi will make more of these over the course of his career, so it’s good to get these two posted now, and look forward to linking back to them in the not too distant future.
He was included in the New Zealand squad for their end of year five-match tour, where they will play the Barbarians, France, a French Selection, Scotland and Wales.
All Blacks squad:
Forwards: Kane Hames, Wyatt Crockett, Nepo Laulala, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Tim Perry, Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris, Asafo Aumua, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Patrick Tuipulotu, Liam Squire, Vaea Fifita, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Matt Todd, Kieran Read (captain)
Backs: Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Jack Goodhue, Waisake Naholo, Rieko Ioane, Matt Duffie, Seta Tamanivalu, David Havili, Damian McKenzie.