A large, physical player, Patrick Tuipulotu has developed into a top-quality lock since making his provincial debut for Auckland in 2012.
The St Peter’s College old boy continued developing his game at the highest level and played for the New Zealand Under 20 team at the 2013 Junior World Championship.
A quietly-spoken man, Tuipulotu was selected for the Blues for the 2014 Super Season and an impressive campaign saw him make the All Blacks squad for that season’s Steinlager Series against England.
He went onto play seven Tests that year, including two Tests in the Rugby Championship and three Tests on the Northern Tour.
Double hip surgery in 2015 meant a lot of time on the sidelines for the big man, whose 2016 Super Rugby season was also disrupted by a hand injury. He returned to the All Blacks side playing five Tests in 2016 and made a welcome return in 2017 for the back half of the Investec Rugby Championship and the Vista Northern Tour.
Tuipulotu plays for the notable Ponsonby club in Auckland, the same club as All Blacks teammate Rieko Ioane.
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Debut for NZ: 2011 NZ Schools
Career notes (National Rep Teams or Awards in Sport): New Zealand Schools 2011, New Zealand Under 20 2013
Life/favourites: Video games, chilling with family and friends
Favourite Rugby ground: The cage - St Peters College
Favourite rugby player and why: Jerome Kaino - a total beast.
Earliest rugby memories: Under 11s for Ponsonby got thrashed by suburbs in horrendous rain.
Best rugby memory: Beating Auckland Boys Grammar on the cage in 2009
Biggest influence on your rugby career and why: Dad- helped me out since i started playing, been honest and very influential in my progress as a semi professional rugby player so far.
Food: Meatloaf wrapped with bacon, setamed veges and mashed potato
Actor/Actress: Adrienne Palicki
Movie: Space Jam
On your itunes /iphone playlist: return of the mack - Mark Morrison
Holiday destination: America
Non-rugby sports team: Miami heat
Sporting hero: Lebron James
If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: channing tatum, to ask him how to get the ladies.
I hate it when…. It’s not sunny
I can’t live without….. socks
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be…. an architect