We asked hard man Jimmy Tupou some hard questions about life, rugby, and his first year at the Blues.
What do you like better – cats or dogs?
What’s your favourite meal?
Tell us something not many people know about you
Although I was born in south Auckland, not a lot of people know that I actually grew up on a farm in Pukekawa, roughly 10km south of Pukekohe. Most people just assume I’m a city boy.
What has been your Blues rugby highlight so far?
Captaining the team in our first match of the year – and my first-ever match in the blue jersey – against the Rebels.
What’s your earliest rugby memory?
I grew up playing rugby league, so my earliest rugby memory was turning up to my new rugby club on the first day. Somehow I’d gotten it in my head that I’d be a back – first or second five-eighth – but then they stuck me in the forwards, where I’ve been playing ever since.
Who was your sporting idol when you were a kid?
Kiwis hard-man Ruben Wiki, who never took a backwards step on the field. I try to play the same way.
Describe yourself in three words
Shy until comfortable.
What’s your favourite place in Auckland?
That would be my parents’ house, because of the food. There’s always something good to eat.
Do you have any match day superstitions?
I never get a haircut on game day. The first and only time I did, I got injured.
Who on the team will always make you laugh?
Pauliasi Manu, because we’ve known each other a long time and we’ve got lots of inside jokes. Sometimes I only need to look at him and I’ll laugh – but in a good way, of course.
Finish this sentence: “when I haven’t been playing rugby or training this year I have been…”
Learning to surf.