Kiwis slap media ban on new boy

The New Zealand camp has put a media ban on Penrith back-rower Joe Galuvao after his late call-up for a rugby league Test debut against Australia on Friday night.

The 25-year-old Galuvao comes onto the Kiwis' bench, replacing Warriors forward Ali Lauiti'iti, who received a one-match suspension last night at the National Rugby League judiciary. Galuvao has played every match for the NRL competition leaders Penrith this season, scoring seven tries and forming a fearsome partnership with fellow Kiwis second-rower Tony Puletua.

He revealed after Penrith's round 18 victory over South Sydney he and Puletua had made a pact at the beginning of the season to force their way into the Kiwis squad.