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June 20, 2024, 12:30 pm

Blues captain Patrick Tuipulotu makes miraculous recovery for Super Rugby final

Irfaan Khan
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Patrick Tuipulotu has been ruled fit and included in the Blues’ starting line-up for the Super Rugby Pacific Grand Final against the Chiefs at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

The All Blacks second-row suffered a medial ligament injury in his right knee during the Blues’ quarter-final victory over the Fijian Drua two weeks ago but has made a miraculous recovery and was cleared to play after testing the knee at a training session on Tuesday.

The Super Rugby Pacific Grand Final is sold out and the Blues ticketing team revealed that they are hoping to release limited additional tickets later in the week.

Blues boss Vern Cotter said the decision to play Tuipulotu was not taken lightly and made after careful medical consideration.

Cotter has made minimal changes to his match day squad after their victory over the Brumbies in last weekend’s semi-final victory over the Brumbies with Tuipulotu coming in for Josh Beehre in the run-on side while Bryce Heem has recovered from his calf injury to take a spot on the replacements bench.