An exciting young lock, Patrick Tuipulotu made his Test debut in the Steinlager Series in June 2014 after an outstanding debut Investec Super Rugby season, a wonderful achievement for the tall, quietly-spoken man who has thrilled rugby fans with his physicality and aerial skills.
Tuipulotu is the most recent All Black to come from the notable Ponsonby club in Auckland - he has been playing for 'The Ponies' (as club-members are known) since he was at primary school. He is the first of the 2013 New Zealand Under 20 side to be named as a full member of the All Blacks squad.
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Debut for NZ: 2011 NZ Schools
Career notes (National Rep Teams or Awards in Sport): New Zealand Schools 2011
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