June 7, 2017 / 2:44 AM / 6 months ago

Tuipulotu dropped for Lions clash

AUCKLAND (Reuters) - All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu has been dropped from the Auckland Blues squad to face the British and Irish Lions later on Wednesday after he failed to notify the team he would be late for training earlier this week, the Super Rugby side said.

FILE PHOTO: Britain Rugby Union - Italy vs New Zealand - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - 12/11/16 New Zeland's Patrick Tuipulotu in action Reuters / Tony Gentile Livepic

The 24-year-old had initially been named on the bench for the clash at Eden Park, the second game for the Lions on their New Zealand tour. He has been replaced by Jimmy Tupou.

Sonny Bill Williams has also been cleared to play with TJ Faiane moving to the replacements bench. Faiane had been tagged by Blues coach Tana Umaga to start if the 31-year-old Williams had not recovered from a knee injury.

Melani Nanai drops out of the replacements to make way for Faiane.

Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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