The injury occurred late in the first half during the Blues’ clash with Tokyo Sungoliath at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium.
This setback so early in the season is a significant blow to both the player and Auckland based side.
Head Coach Vern Cotter expressed his sympathy for Tuipulotu acknowledging the challenge this presents. “This is a tough blow for Patrick especially early on in the season” Cotter remarked. ““We accept injuries are part of our game and we’re wishing Paddy a speedy recovery knowing he’ll still offer plenty to the group from a leadership perspective over the next few weeks.
“This is a resilient group and we’ve got a strong stock of locks to call on while he recovers.”
The Blues are currently assessing their options for a temporary captain with a decision expected soon. Meanwhile they are preparing for their next pre-season fixture against the Yokohama Canon Eagles at Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium on Saturday February 10 at 4:10pm part of the Cross-Border Rugby competition.