Tuipulotu signs new deal with the Blues

The British & Irish Lions may have Patrick Tuipulotu to contend with next year after the lock committed his future to New Zealand with a four-year deal with the Blues. [more]

Tuipulotu signs new deal with the Blues

The British & Irish Lions may have Patrick Tuipulotu to contend with next year after the lock committed his future to New Zealand with a four-year deal with the Blues.

The 23-year-old will be looking to add to his seven All Black caps in the coming seasons after recovering from a double hip operation that ruled him out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks went on to win the tournament held in England beating Australia 34-17.

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And the second-row admitted the possibility of facing the British & Lions was a factor in his decision to sign a contract extension with the Blues.

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"I like being based at home right now,” he said. “Next year the Lions are coming to New Zealand which would be great to be part of.

“Injury meant I missed a chance to play in the World Cup, and so long term I would love to be at the next one.

“I wasn't looking overseas or anything like that. I want to be back in the frame for the June tests and long term I want to be an All Black for a while.”

Tuipulotu has missed the last two matches for the Blues with a fractured hand but is expected to be ready for their next match against the Rebels at Eden Park.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen added: "Patrick re-signing through to 2019 is great news. He's a player who we feel has huge potential and we are expecting him to play a major role for the All Blacks over this period and even beyond.”

 

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