Tuitavake forced to make urgent call on All Blacks


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Blues backliner Anthony Tuitavake has less than a week to decide whether he wants to remain in New Zealand and therefore remain in contention for the All Blacks or to go overseas for the big bucks on offer.

The NZRU has issued a deadline where players must tell them before Friday whether they are available to play in the Super 14 next year and for players like Tuitavake who are coming off contract at the end of the year they need to tell the NZRU whether they’re staying in New Zealand or going overseas.

There has been speculation in rugby circles over the last couple of weeks that Tuitavake has been considering overseas offers and he has now admitted that he has a big decision to make about his future.

“There’s the possibility (of going overseas) but I love the New Zealand rugby culture and I love the All Blacks,” 26-year-old Tuitavake said.

“I hope everything goes well so I can stay here and enjoy this.”

Tuitavake might tap up the All Black selectors this week to see if he is in their plans for the long term future and the immediate future which is the end of year tour.

He says that whatever they say will have a bearing on his decision.

Obviously if he is told that he will tour with the All Blacks he is highly likely to stay in New Zealand knowing he has some kind of future.

“That does help,” he told the Sunday News.

“But at the end of the day, I think the family is going to make the call and whatever call my Dad makes I’ll go along with.

“I’ve got a week and now I’ve got no more rugby I can go away and think about things.”

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