Henry gives his blessing to Tuitupou move

New Zealand coach Graham Henry has given his blessing to Sam Tuitupou’s move to Worcester.

The Auckland captain departs after the Air New Zealand Cup, effectively ending his hopes of a place in the World Cup squad.

The 25-year-old said: “We just feel that it is the right time for the family and I to get away, and experience a new environment and a new opportunity.

“I certainly haven’t ruled out a return to New Zealand in the future, we will just see what the future brings.”

Henry, who himself made the move north a decade ago to join Wales, has passed on his best wishes.

He told AllBlacks.com: “His game is epitomised by his block-busting ball carrying and his devastating tackling.

“We wish him and his family success and happiness in their new challenge.”

Tuitupou will continue to play a vital role in the Blues’ push to claim the Super 14 title after fellow All Black midfielder Luke McAlister was ruled out for a month

Blues coach David Nucifora confirmed that McAlister underwent surgery on Monday on a fractured cheekbone and would be out of action for at least three weeks.


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