Patrick Tuipulotu

Patrick Tuipulotu has developed into a top-quality lock, and having been signed off as fit to play in 2016 Investec Super Rugby, rejoined the All Blacks for the first time since playing against the Welsh in Cardiff in 2014.

A quietly-spoken man, Tuipulotu made his Test debut in the Steinlager Series in June 2014 after an outstanding debut Investec Super Rugby season. However, 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.

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 was also the first of the 2013 New Zealand Under 20 side to be named as a full member of the All Blacks squad.

In April 2016, he confirmed that he was staying with New Zealand Rugby through to 2019.

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 (-)