Ngani Laumape

Ngani Laumape breaks silence after missing out on All Blacks Rugby World Cup selection

Laumape failed to make the four-man midfield chosen by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen last month, which includes two-time World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue and Anton Lienert-Brown.

Despite 108-cap veteran Owen Franks also missing out on the squad, the reaction to Laumape’s omission caused arguably the biggest stir on social media.

The Hurricanes centre hasn’t spoken to media since the squad announcement but has since posted to his Instagram.

Ngani Laumape called into All Blacks as SBW cover

Williams injured his shoulder in Sunday's 16-15 win over England at Twickenham.

Laumape was in the second string All Blacks side that beat Japan in Tokyo earlier this month.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen says Williams will stay with the squad but will be unavailable for this weekend's Irish Test.

Depending on his recovery, he is a chance for selection against Italy in the final match of the Northern Tour.


Laumape top of the pops

The 24-year-old walked away with the player of the year and best and fairest honours, to cap a campaign in which he made his All Blacks debut as well. 

On a night when the Super Rugby semifinalists sought to honour their achievers, there were also some emotional goodbyes. Seven of this year's squad won't be with the franchise in 2018, but none are as decorated as wing Cory Jane.

Laumape searching for space

The Hurricanes' second five-eighth probably didn't begin the Super Rugby season as a huge topic of pre-match discussions. Flatten enough opponents, though, and coaches will suddenly circulate clip after clip of you to their charges.

Give Laumape the chance to take a defender one-on-one and there's only one winner. But such has been his form this year, that those odds haven't been in his favour for a while.

"I've been noticing that and us, as a team, we know what we need to do better," Laumape said ahead of Sunday's semifinal against the Lions in Johannesburg.

Canes weather the storm

Laumape's second try was the result of an audacious chip-pass from All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett about 15 metres out from his own line and with flanker Brad Shields in the sinbin as the home side weathered a relentless Stormers attack.

Fullback Jordie Barrett also crossed twice, while Julian Savea, Cory Jane and Beauden Barrett grabbed tries for the home side.

In-form Ngani Laumape hopes to be permanent fixture in Hurricanes backline in 2017

The second five-eighth, in his second season back in the 15-man form of the game after leaving the Warriors at the end of 2015, has continued his strong run of form from the NPC, where he was a key attacking weapon for Manawatu, in two starts for the Hurricanes this year.

But the challenge will be maintaining that level for the full season

Last year he started the first six matches, but only played a minor role for the remainder of the season.

Laumape believed avoiding injuries was the key to that after battling a niggling groin injury for most of last year.