Cape Town - In a late blow to the All Blacks, reserve tighthead Ofa Tu'ungafasi has been ruled out of the Rugby
Championship opener against the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium in Sydney with a rib cartilage injury.
According to the Stuff website, Crusaders
prop Tim Perry, a loosehead specialist, has come on to the bench, and tighthead Jeffery Toomaga-Allen is en
route to Sydney to join the squad as cover.
Karl Tu'inukuafe, originally named as a loosehead substitute, has switched to the back-up tighthead role in a late
injury reshuffle for the Test which will also double as the first Bledisloe Cup clash.
Kick-off is at 12:05 SA time.
Steve Hansen confirmed regular loosehead Tu'inukuafe, who has made a
fairy tale rise through the rugby ranks this year to break into the All
Blacks, would now switch sides to become the tighthead cover off the
where he started his career, and he has trained really well there,"
"Crono (scrum coach Mike Cron) has been working with him
for the last three or four weeks. He looks good there."
All Blacks centurion-to-be Sam Whitelock also backed his Crusaders
team-mate Perry to step in and do the job off the bench.
had some bad injuries in the past, but he's here now, he's fresh and
ready to go," said Whitelock.
"I think when he gets out there he's just
going to get into it. That's when Tim goes the best, when he's not
thinking about things and is just out there being his normal annoying
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