MOSESE Tuipulotu, the 22-year-old younger brother of Glasgow and Scotland centre Sione Tuipulotu, has committed himself to the Waratahs and to his dream of representing Australia – at least in the short term.
The Tuipulotus are eligible to play for Scotland through a Greenock-born grandmother, and earlier this year national coach Gregor Townsend revealed he had made contact with Mosese in the hope of persuading him to join his sibling at Scotstoun. Speaking to reporters in Australia earlier today, Mosese said that as things stood he was happy to stay put. However, he made sure he did not burn his bridges by saying he would have no qualms about representing Scotland if that was the way his career went.
“I’ve made a decision – I’m going to stay here,” he said. “I love this club and they’ve done a lot for me, so I’m happy to stay and obviously pursue that [Australia] dream.
“I think just in the point of my career at the moment, I’m just not really sold on going yet. Whether that happens in the future, I don’t know but I’m really happy at this club and I love playing footy.
“I grew up watching the Wallabies, so I’d love to wear the gold jersey. Obviously, I’ve got Scottish heritage as well, so if I wear that jersey in the future, then I’d be happy to represent my culture.”
Speaking in March, Townsend revealed his first contact with Mosese had been an in advertent one. “I was asked by Glasgow to have a chat with him,” the head coach said. “I actually had a chat with him two years ago by mistake, because Sione had given his old mobile to him, and I phoned to chat to Sione and got him instead. So, we had a joke about that!
“He’s a player who is interesting one of the pro teams, and us in Scotland. Sione’s had such a great impact at Glasgow and with Scottish rugby, it’s wise of Scottish Rugby to follow up on someone of real potential.”