Patrick Tuipulotu

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.

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
    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 (+)