New Zealand rugby sevens star Ruby Tui to play 15 for Chiefs

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New Zealand Sevens star Ruby Tui will ply his trade in the 15-game from next year, after signing for the Chiefs of Super Rugby club Aupiki.

Tui started her career in 15-a-side rugby but quickly moved up to the seven-a-side circuit, making her New Zealand debut in 2012. She went on to win a silver medal at the Olympics in 2016, gold at the Games. Tokyo, the 2018 Sept World Cup and was named the 2019 World Seven-a-side Player of the Year.

The timing of her move could excite fans as the postponed Rugby World Cup takes place in New Zealand in 2022. Tui could be aiming for another medal for her collection, but it’s unclear whether she will change codes at the same time. international scale.

“Culture is huge to me, so the main attraction of the Chiefs Rugby Club was definitely its culture,” Tui said.

“I think the club has a lot of mana [honour, spiritual power]. I’ve played a lot of football across the country, been involved in a lot of teams, even internationally, but for me there’s something really special about the Chiefs. They don’t just speak it, they walk it.

The star will join former Black Ferns Sevens coach Allan Bunting with the Chiefs. She added that the call to sign for the club came to life when she saw them play the Blues at Eden Park earlier this year.

“Watching this game earlier in the year and understanding how important culture is, especially with Allan Bunting at the helm, I absolutely can’t look past the Chiefs.”

Tui became a household name in New Zealand during the recent Tokyo Olympics after a video of a post-match interview went viral. She then added to her internet fame by recording a selfie video reacting to Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg’s praise for the Black Ferns’ Haka.

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