We are delighted and honoured to announce that Sale Sharks and New Zealand Inside Centre Sam Tuitupou, has accepted an invitation to become an Ambassador for the Alex Hulme Foundation. Sam’s presence and popular nature will be a massive asset to the Foundation in its efforts to enhance research into B-Cell Non Hodgkin Lymphoma in Children.
Sadly Sam has also been affected by cancer having lost his brother Simote to the disease in January 2012.
During his junior career Sam captained the New Zealand Under-19 and Under-21 sides to world titles before stepping up to senior level; where Sam won two Air New Zealand Cup titles and a Super 14 championship with Auckland Blues. Sam also won acclaim on the international stage with his first All Blacks call-up for the clash with England at Dunedin in 2004. He played for the All Blacks between 2004 and 2006, earning nine caps.
In 2007 Sam left New Zealand rugby to join Worcester Warriors in the English Premiership where he stayed until June 2010. Sam moved to Munster for the 2010/2011 season before moving to Sale Sharks in 2011 for whom he has since played over fifty games.
Everyone at the Alex Hulme Foundation is extremely grateful to Sam for accepting our invitation and also to the Sale Sharks for contributing to this support.
We look forward to working with Sam to raise awareness of the Foundation and the aims we hope to achieve at future events and fundraising activities.
Press release distributed by Pressat on behalf of Alex Hulme Foundation, on Monday 20 January, 2014. For more information subscribe and follow http://www.pressat.co.uk/