- Number: 222
- Position: Lock
- Born: 23/01/93
- Height: 198
- Weight: 120
- Province: Auckland
- Provincial Caps: 23
- Provincial Points: 40
- Provincial Debut: 2013 v North Harbour
- Blues Debut: 2014 v Highlanders
- Blues Caps: 86
- Blues Points: 45
- Breakdown: 9 T
- Test Caps: 36
- Test Points: 15
- Test Debut: 2014 v England
Patrick is an immense physique and immense talent, who had already played 53 times for the Blues and 19 times for his country, by the age of 25. He is 2m tall and 125kg, but hugely athletic and physical. He played for St Peters and NZ Secondary Schools team as well as the NZ Under 20 side in 2013.
Tuipulotu burst on to the professional scene in 2014 in spectacular style. In his first year of Super Rugby, he became the starting lock for the Blues and earned All Blacks selection later that year.
After another impressive start to the Super Rugby season in 2015, Patrick had to withdraw from selection to the Rugby World Cup for surgery on his hips.
The All Black lock, following a challenging 2017 season, also suffered from a niggling shoulder injury that sidelined him for half of the 2018 Super Rugby season. He returned to the Auckland Mitre-10 Cup side to show typical hard-running and ball-winning form to earn an All Black return.
Blues fans know him to be a massive component of the big and aggressive Blues forwards pack, not only as a player, but a leader too.
Patrick was announced as Co-Captain of the Blues for the season along with fellow forward, Blake Gibson. His 2019 season was immense, regularly breaking defensive lines with his strong carries and crunching his opposition with solid tackles. Patrick forced his way into the All Blacks squad for the Rugby Championship and could not be denied a place on the plan to Japan to play in his first World Cup tournament.
At the beginning of the 2020 season Patrick was named as the outright captain of the Blues and has shouldered that weight with aplomb. Patrick is enjoying perhaps his most outstanding season yet and is leading with action.
Tuipulotu was awarded the Blues Most Valuable Player for 2020, named as captain for the North Island in the ‘North v South’ clash and nominated as the Super Rugby player of the year for 2020.
Patrick Tuipulotu is only just getting started. Watch out for his trademark runs and hits in 2021.