Sale move brought back my love of rugby - Sam Tuitupou

Sam Tuitupou
Tuitupou captained New Zealand Under-21 to the World Cup in 2003

Sale captain Sam Tuitupou says he has rediscovered his love for rugby with his move to Edgeley Park.

The 29-year-old joined the Sharks in the summer from Munster on a two-year contract and was made captain after impressing in pre-season training.

"I started losing the love for the game", he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"It felt like I'd been doing the same old thing year after year. When you're stuck in the same thing you start getting bored of it."

He added: "When I first came Dimes [director of sport Steve Diamond] was looking for something new and I wanted to be part of it."

The New Zealander missed the opening month of the season due to a work visa problem and when he returned flanker David Seymour, who had been captain in his absence, initially kept the arm band.

He was restored as full-time captain for the Leicester game last month and says he is still getting used to the position.

"I sometimes forget I am captain because I'm quite a relaxed person and like to play a few jokes here and there," he added.

"I enjoy being captain. To me the captain is only the person who makes the decisions on the field and off field everyone is a captain."

After impressive start to the season, which at one point saw them lie second in the Premiership, the Sharks have lost their last five games in all competitions.

But the former Auckland Blues, Worcester and Munster centre believes they are in a better position than many would have thought.

I forget I'm Sale captain - Tuitupou

"If we look back six months ago and say we were going to be in the top half of the table leading into Christmas, people would have been laughing," he added.

"At the moment the boys are doing well and we're quite confident at the moment and I'm sure we'll get a couple more wins in the Premiership.

"The young boys that we've got now have shown in pre-season, and the first few games, that they've got enough to be in the starting team.

"Dimes has got full confidence in the squad and whoever's playing we won't have anyone that we can't depend on, so it's good the young boys are coming through and we can help them along."

Hear more from Sam Tuitupou on BBC Radio Manchester on Friday, 18 November at 1930 GMT followed by commentary of the Sharks v La Vila on 95.1FM, DAB and online.

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