The Blues captain and winner of the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby, Patrick Tuipulotu, renewed his contract with New Zealand Rugby until 2025. In it, it states that the 28-year-old will have a sabbatical year in which he will move to play the Japan’s Top League and then return to Maori land.
The second row will head to Japan after the All Blacks campaign and consequently will miss the Super Rugby season next year to return to New Zealand in mid-2022.
“In some ways, winning the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby title has made the decision easier for me, because we took that weight off our back with Blues. It was a difficult decision because Blues as a group have developed very well, “said Tuipulotu who added:” I am excited about the new experience abroad and I will do my best. Equally, I will be looking forward to returning to the Blues since my home is in Auckland “.
Tuipulotu is expected to confirm his club abroad in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the Blues said they would name their captain for the 2022 Super Rugby season when the team reconvenes at the end of the year.