October 22, 2020

Laulala to head north in 2021

All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala today confirmed he will play his Super Rugby for the Blues for the next two years.

Samoan-born Laulala, educated in Auckland at Mt Albert Grammar and Wesley College, wanted to be closer to family in Auckland with his wife Loriana and son Cassius.

“My wife and I felt the time was right for us to move closer to our families in Auckland. I went to school in Auckland and our extended families are all there,” said Laulala.

“Family is so important to us and even more so for Loriana to have support when I am away.

“I want to thank the Chiefs for all they have done for me.”

Chiefs Rugby Club CEO Michael Collins wished Laulala all the best in his next venture.

"Nepo is a quality player and has been a huge contributor to our jersey, club and to the All Blacks. We understand his decision to move closer to his family and wish him all the very best for his move up north."

Laulala will continue to play for Counties-Manukau where his brothers Ray and Casey have played while Luteru is in the current Steelers squad for the Mitre-10 Cup.

Laulala to head north in 2021