All Black Patrick Tuipulotu has joked about “getting pretty busy during lockdown" after confirming that he and his partner, Silver Fern Phoenix Karaka, are expecting.
Appearing on a remote media call as North Island captain, Tuipulotu confirmed the news that were expecting “a lockdown baby” after a question from a reporter.
“Yeah me and my partner expecting now she’s four months in,” he said.
“New perspective on life, looking forward to something new and another step forward, I guess.”
Tuipulotu said the return of the North-South clash, which is scheduled to be played at Eden Park on August 29, was an opportunity for players to put their hands up for All Blacks selection.
“Coming into this north versus south there’s a lot on it, a chance for a lot of guys to stand up for all blacks selection a lot of us haven’t been involved with a North-South game before to experience that sort of rivalry,” he said.
“I know we obviously experience it with the Blues and Crusaders all the time, but it would be good to get stuck in and experience something new for a change.”