Sam Tuitupou

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Sam Tuitupou
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Date of birth (1982-02-01) 1 February 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 93 kg (14 st 9 lb) [1]
Spouse Liz Tuitupou
Rugby union career
Position(s) Inside Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–2010
2010–2011
2011–2017
2017–
Worcester Warriors
Munster
Sale Sharks
Coventry RFC
39
21
110
(25)
(10)
(60)
Correct as of 7 June 2017
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2007 Blues 54 (65)
Correct as of 11 June 2011
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2006 New Zealand 9 (5)
Correct as of 11 June 2011

Sam Tuitupou (born 1 February 1982) is a New Zealand international rugby union player who plays for Sale Sharks in the English Aviva Premiership. His position is Inside Centre.

Tuitupou won world titles as captain for New Zealand at under-19 and under-21 level, during his junior career. In his senior career he achieved two Air New Zealand Cup titles, with Auckland and in the Super 14 championship with the Blues. Tuitupou also won acclaim on the international stage with his first All Blacks call-up for the clash with England at Dunedin in 2004. He played for the All Blacks between 2004 and 2006, earning nine caps.

In 2007 he signed a contract with Worcester Warriors, and left New Zealand rugby to join his new team after the completion of the 2007 Air New Zealand Cup. His contract with Worcester kept him at Sixways until June 2010. Tuitopou moved to Munster for the 2010–11 season, replacing Jean de Villiers as Munster's inside centre. Shortly after gaining his first team place he was banned for three weeks after a spear tackle on Paul Hodgson during Munster's Heineken Cup pool game against London Irish.[2][3] In his short time at Munster, he became a fan favourite, being awarded the nickname "Hacksaw Sam" by the Munster supporters. On 5 April 2011, Munster rugby announced that he would be leaving Munster at the end of the current season.[4] On 11 April 2011, Sale Sharks announced that Tuitupou had signed for two-years from the 2011–12 English Premiership season.[5] On 25 April 2017, Coventry RFC announced that Tuitupou had signed for two-years from the 2017–18 English National League One season.[6]

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