Coventry snap up former All Blacks centre Sam Tuitupou for the 2017/18 season - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

Coventry snap up former All Blacks centre Sam Tuitupou for the 2017/18 season

RUGBY UNION: COVENTRY’s promotion chances from the National League next season have taken another boost after the club confirmed this week that All Blacks centre Sam Tuitupou will be moving to the Butts Park Arena.

The 35-year-old has spent the last six years with Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks where he made 11- appearances and also captained the side too.

But Tuitupou has decided to join Coventry on a two-year deal and will add a wealth of national and international experience to boost Coventry’s National League One challenge next season.

“Sam is well known for being a hard-hitting, powerful midfielder and I have no doubt that he will add further quality to our back line,” said Coventry’s director of rugby, Rowland Winter.

“Our intention has been to add more experience to our young squad with players who understand what we are building and trying to create, and who add value to our club.”

Tuitupou captained New Zealand to world championship success at Under-19 and Under-21 levels and, a Super 14 championship winner with Auckland Blues, went on to gain nine senior caps for the All Blacks between 2004 and 2006.

He moved to the Northern Hemisphere in 2007 and joined Worcester Warriors, where he played 54 games in two seasons before spending a season at Munster and then moving to Sale Sharks.

Winter added: “Sam was looking for the right opportunity to develop his business interests alongside playing, as well as beginning the transition over the next couple of years towards becoming a coach.

“Sam will bring experience and leadership, both on and off the pitch and that will be a huge advantage for us.”

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