Dynamic midfielder Sam Tuitupou returned to the All Blacks squad in 2006 for the first time since the 2004 Philips Tri Nations Series, after a strong season in the Chiefs backline throughout the 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14. He returned to Auckland to captain the city's side during the Air New Zealand Cup. Tuitupou will have his opportunity to impress the All Blacks' selectors when he plays for the Junior All Blacks during their Pacific Nations Cup campaign in 2007. Over the years he has demonstrated all the qualities that earned him a reputation as a ‘pocket rocket’: despite his relatively diminutive stature, Tuitupou can break the first line of defence on a regular basis and, on the other side of the ball, provides solid and occasionally devastating defence. Tuitupou was drafted into the Chiefs from Auckland and capitalised on the increased opportunities, playing in every game, and started in the No 12 jersey for much of the season. New Zealand Representative Teams New Zealand Schools in 1999, 2000 New Zealand Under 19 in 2000, 2001 New Zealand Under 21 in 2001–2003 All Blacks 2004, 2006 Career Notes • His four tries in the 2006 Super 14 tied for second on the Chiefs squad. • Previously played 28 matches, and scored eight tries, for the Blues between 2003–05. • Former captain of both New Zealand Under 21, when the team won the IRB Under 21 World Championship in 2003, and New Zealand Under 19. • His All Blacks call up in 2004 came after Tuitupou featured in two Air New Zealand NPC titles with Auckland and a Rebel Sport Super 12 championship with the Blues.
12/06/2004 v England at Dunedin
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Match Record by Year (+) = substitute; (-) = replaced 2004 Jun 12 v England at Dunedin 36-3 (+) Jun 19 v England at Auckland 36-12 (+) Jun 26 v Argentina at Hamilton 41-7 Jul 24 v South Africa at Christchurch 23-21 (+) Aug 7 v Australia at Sydney 18-23 (+) Aug 14 v South Africa at Johannesburg 26-40 (-) 2006 Jun 24 v Argentina at Buenos Aires 25-19 Jul 22 v South Africa at Wellington 35-17 (-) Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26 (+) Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 38 Provincial Points 50 (10t) Provincial Debut 2002 v Counties Manukau Super 14 Caps 41 Super 14 Points 60 (12t) Super 14 Debut 2003 v Waratahs