Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup: Patrick Tuipulotu savours the sweet taste of All Blacks success

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Brodie Retallick Lock Patrick Tuipulotu put in a big shift against the Wallabies at Eden Park, which did not go unnoticed.

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Lock Patrick Tuipulotu put in a big shift against the Wallabies at Eden Park, which did not go unnoticed.

Patrick Tuipulotu is eating better, feeling better and most definitely playing better as he eyes, by his own estimation, a long-overdue breakthrough with the All Blacks at the upcoming World Cup.

The hard-nosed Auckland and Blues forward was named as one of four locks in Steve Hansen’s 31-strong squad to chase an historic title threepeat in Japan starting later this month.

But with Brodie Retallick a likely passenger through most, if not all, of the pool phase, Tuipulotu is set for a significant role at the global tournament, starting with the pivotal first-up clash against the Springboks on September 21 in Yokohama.

He is hungry for it too, after embarking on a more disciplined diet in 2019 to help address some energy issues that have contributed to a stop-start career in the black jersey until now.

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The 26-year-old Aucklander admits he has been his own worst enemy when it has come to stringing tests together for his country. He has made 24 appearances in total since making his debut against England in 2014, but has just nine starts over that time and has never figured in more than seven internationals in a season.

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