Karl Tu'inukuafe treats Blues teammates to kava on preseason trip

Karl Tu'inukuafe proudly showed off his bucket of kava sat next to him, as he and the rest of the Blues squad left Auckland this morning, bound for Northland for a pre-season camp.

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The All Blacks prop brought a piece of his Tongan heritage with him to Northland

"This is for recovery. Re-kava-ry," he joked.

The Blues squad have gone to Northland in a 20-strong contingent of campervans, with the intention of engaging with the community and bonding as a team before the start of the Super Rugby season.

And what better way to bond than over a bit of kava.

"I'm sure there’ll be a few kava sessions in the next couple of nights. Karl runs a pretty good cutter so we’ll have a few of those," first-five Otere Black said.

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The Super Rugby franchise took a trip to Snowplanet as part of a campervan trip to Northland, where they are looking forward to engaging with the community. Source: 1 NEWS

The Blues will be hoping to back up their 2020 campaign and even go a step further to secure their first Super Rugby title since 2003.