Patrick Tuipulotu

Patrick Tuipulotu
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SNAPSHOT

  • Number: 222
  • Position: Lock
  • Born: 23/01/93
  • Height: 1.98m
  • Weight: 120kg
  • Province: Auckland
  • Provincial Debut: 2013 v North Harbour
  • Blues Debut: 2014 v Highlanders
  • Blues Caps: 38
  • Test Caps: 12
  • Test Points: 10
  • Test Debut: 2014 v England

Patrick is an immense physique and immense talent, who has already played 34 times for the Blues and 10 times for his country, although he is still just 23. He is 2m tall and 125kg, but hugely athletic and physical. He played for St Peters and NZ Secondary Schools team as well as the NZ Under 20 side in 2013.

Tuipulotu then burst on to the professional scene in 2014 in spectacular style. In his first year of Super Rugby, he became the starting lock for the Blues and earned All Blacks selection later that year.

After another impressive start to the Super Rugby season in 2015, Patrick had to withdraw from selection to the Rugby World Cup for surgery on his hips. He has returned for Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup and also returned to the All Blacks squad environment.