Tuipulotu re-signs with New Zealand Rugby


All Blacks and Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby until the end of the 2019 season.

Tuipulotu has played seven Tests but missed last year after undergoing double hip surgery, which saw him ruled out of the Rugby World Cup.

The 23-year-old becomes just the latest All Black to recommit, joining Julian Savea, Brodie Retallick, Dane Coles and Aaron Smith.

"I am really enjoying my rugby at the Blues and I am learning a lot playing under Tana [Umaga, Blues head coach]," Tuipulotu said.

"I like being based at home right now. 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."

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was similarly delighted and said Tuipulotu had a huge future in the New Zealand set-up.

"Patrick re-signing through to 2019 is great news," he said.

"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.

"He was unfortunate last year with his injury to miss the Rugby World Cup but clearly has the desire, drive and passion to get to the next one."