Laumape ‘pumped’ for Lions


Ngani Laumape has changed; at least a lit­tle bit.

As ex­pected, Laumape and fel­low All Blacks Ju­lian Savea, Jordie Bar­rett and Vaea Fi­fita were re­leased from their na­tional du­ties, to ap­pear for the Hur­ri­canes in Tues­day’s match against the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions.

The Hur­ri­canes had known for a week that the quar­tet were com­ing, pro­vided no-one broke down dur­ing Satur­day’s first test at Eden Park. In­juries to All Blacks Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty threat­ened to scup­per that plan. But Hur­ri­canes head coach Chris Boyd got a text to say the four­some were still com­ing and they joined the Su­per Rugby team for a Sun­day gym ses­sion.

‘‘Ngani had his top off in the gym and you can see that he’s been do­ing a lot of work over the past week,’’ wing Nehe Mil­nerSkud­der joked.

Be­tween Laumape, Mil­nerSkud­der, Savea, Jordie Bar­rett and Vince Aso, the Hur­ri­canes have the mak­ings of a ter­rific back­line. But Boyd says the set piece will be cru­cial.

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