Chiefs bolter called into All Blacks

first_imgTu’inukuafe will join the squad for next month’s three-test series against France after the Crusaders prop Tim Perry suffered a hamstring strain.Perry will be reviewed by Crusaders medical staff over the next few days, though it leaves them without three All Black props for Friday’s top of the table Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes in Christchurch, after Owen Franks and Joe Moody were suspended for striking.The All Blacks squad have a camp in Christchurch from Sunday until Tuesday before assembling in Auckland on Sunday June 3rd to prepare for the first Test.The 25-year-old loosehead Tu’inukuafe first came to prominence back in 2010 as part of Auckland’s Wesley College 1st XV, where he propped alongside fellow Chief and All Black Nepo Laulala.Tu’inukuafe made Counties Manukau age-grade teams and then took a couple of seasons off before kick starting his career with North Harbour in 2015.He spent a season in French club rugby before returning home and was called into the Chiefs squad late last year by coach Colin Cooper, initially in a development capacity.But injuries have meant he’s made the matchday squad regularly since round five and he has impressed so far in his debut Super Rugby season.last_img read more

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Amorous rhino heads for harem

first_imgHe will join two female rhinos at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary at Way Kambas National Park on the island of Sumatra. Considered the most endangered of all rhino species, Sumatran rhinos are thought to number less than 300 in isolated pockets of Malaysia and Indonesia. In the past 20 years, 70 percent of Sumatran rhinos have been decimated by poaching, mostly for their valuable horns. The first rhinoceros born in captivity in a century will soon be shipped back to its native land by the Los Angeles Zoo. Andalas, a 6-year-old male Sumatran rhinoceros weighing at least 1,300 pounds, will be transported to Indonesia this week to breed with other rhinos. “Andalas’ journey to Indonesia is vital to the future of Sumatran rhinos,” said John Lewis, the zoo’s general manager, in a statement. “The breeding program is just one example of the extent zoos will go to in order to save a species from extinction.” Andalas, born at the Cincinnati Zoo from a female rhino on loan from L.A., was the first rhino born in captivity since an 1889 zoo birth in Calcutta, India. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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