Tuitavake expected to re-sign with NZRU and Blues


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Blues and All Black Anthony Tuitavake is expected to announce that he has recommitted himself to New Zealand rugby.

Tuitavake comes off contract at the end of this season and he had until Friday last week to confirm that he would not be going overseas in order to play in the 2009 Super14.

His decision is expected to revolve largely around whether he is wanted for the All Blacks tour at the end of the year which begins on November the 1st with a Bledisloe Cup test in Hong Kong.

Tuitavake now 26, made his All Black debut this year against Ireland and went on to earn five AB caps only for his international season short when he fractured his cheekbone in New Zealand’s 101-14 win over Manu Samoa.

He has now returned to health and has featured for North Harbour in their Air New Zealand Cup campaign.

Tuitavake confirmed earlier this month that he was considering a move to the Northern Hemisphere after media speculation that he was in line for a contract in one of Wales’ four clubs.

According to media reports this however Tuitavake is expected to announce that he is staying in New Zealand.

If he does stay in New Zealand he would be in line to feature for the All Blacks next month and the Blues in 2009’s Super14.

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