Patrick Tuipulotu

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.

1.98m, 120kgs
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Career Comments

  • 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

Test Match record

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14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27 (+)
21 Jun vs England at Hamilton 36-13 (+)
23 Sept v South Africa at Wellington 14-10 (+)
18 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 29-28 (+)
1 Nov v USA at Chicago
8 Nov v England at London 24-21 (+)
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16 (+)

11 Jun v Wales at Auckland 39-21 (+)
18 June v Wales at Wellington 36-22 (+)
1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-17
5 November v Ireland at Chicago 29-40
12 November v Italy at Rome 68-10

1 October v Argentina at Buenos Aires 36-10 (+)
8 October v South Africa 25-24 (+)
21 October v Australia at Brisbane 18-23 (+)
25 November v Wales at Cardiff 33-18 (-)

15 Sep v South Africa at Wellington 34-36 (+)
30 Sep v Argentina at Buenos Aires 35 - 17 (+)
6 Oct v South Africa at Pretoria 32 - 30 (+)
3 November v Japan at Tokyo 31-69 (-)
24 November v Italy at Rome 3-66 (-)

21 July v Argentina at Buenos Aires 20-16
10 Aug v Australia at Perth 26-47 (+)