12 Nov 2018

Ngani Laumape called into All Blacks as SBW cover

8:25 am on 12 November 2018

The Hurricanes midfielder Ngani Laumape has been called into the All Blacks squad following the injury to Sonny Bill Williams.

Ngani Laumape.

Ngani Laumape. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Williams injured his shoulder in yesterday's 16-15 win over England at Twickenham.

Laumape was in the second string All Blacks side that beat Japan in Tokyo earlier this month.

Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill Williams Photo: PHOTOSPORT

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen says Williams will stay with the squad but will be unavailable for this weekend's Irish Test.

Depending on his recovery, he is a chance for selection against Italy in the final match of the Northern Tour.