Ferocious on the field and a gentleman off it, big lock Patrick Tuipulotu prefers to let his actions on the paddock do the talking for him. Nevertheless, we managed to lure in the 12-test All Black with promises of fresh meatloaf if he answered these questions for us…
What’s your favourite meal?
Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and heaps of gravy.
Tell us something not many people know about you
I played soccer when I was under 14 for my uncle’s team. But it wasn’t for me.
What has been your career highlight so far?
I’m just so lucky being able to travel around the world playing rugby for a living. Every day that I get to do that is a highlight.
What has been your favourite moment playing for the Blues?
Scoring a try in my debut game against the Highlanders at Eden Park, our season opener way back in 2014. I’ve scored a few more since then, but I always think back to that one.
Who was your sporting idol when you were a kid?
Probably like a lot of rugby players from my generation, I grew up idolising Jerry Collins.
What’s your favourite place in Auckland?
I love Ponsonby Road, because of all its great restaurants, bars, and cafes.
Do you have any match-day superstitions?
I don’t know why, but I always make sure that I unpack absolutely everything I need into my locker, as soon as I get into the changing room, before I sit down. I can’t do anything else until I’ve done that.
Who on the team makes you laugh the most?
Sam Nock is a crack-up.
Finish this sentence: “When I’m not playing rugby I’m…”
Sleeping a lot.