Laulala made his Crusaders debut last season, earning the call-up after a second impressive provincial season for Canterbury.
As the younger brother of former All Black Casey Laulala, it is already clear that there is plenty of natural talent for this tighthead prop but it is his attitude and commitment that most impressed the Crusaders selectors.
He will benefit from the mentorship of fellow tighthead and All Black Owen Franks this season and will provide useful back-up to him.
“This is a player we will hear a lot more about in the future. He is coming on in leaps and bounds and the more he plays the better he gets. He got thrown in the deep end last season and showed he was up to it.”
2011 v North Otago
2013 v Chiefs