It was a well travelled player who signed from Munster nearly three years ago. It was also a player who brought with him a wealth of experience.
Born in Auckland, Tuitupou was raised in what many believe to be a rugby union loving country, though the 32 year-old doesn't necessarily feel that New Zealanders are transfixed on one sport.
"I'm not sure whether the whole country is that mad about rugby, it's more just a really sporty nation where everyone is really keen to play for teams or just with their friends casually.
"That's part of what I miss about being away from home. You miss being in the outdoors, and playing other sports outside of rugby. That is something I'm really looking forward to doing after I retire."
A combative and speedy inside centre, Sammy was an integral part of the Blues side which won the 2003 Super Rugby title, which in turn led to international recognition with the illustrious All Blacks.
Modest as ever, Tuitupou insists that success is not everything and that pulling on the shirt for any side is something he will never take for granted.
"Winning the Championship with the Blues was one of the highlights of my career, but I also enjoyed all the friendships that I made along the way which I still have today.
"For me, playing for New Zealand was a great honour. After working so hard to go through the age groups, it was nice to see all the hard work pay off. Having said that, it is all in the past now, and my focus is on being successful at Sale.
"It's always great to catch up with the boys when I do get back home, even though some of them have retired or moved on. One of the most important things for me is the great memories that I will keep with me forever."
So, after achieving great success at home, it was time for a new challenge.
Moving to Worcester, what was his first observation after moving over to England? You guessed it, the weather.
"The first thing I noticed was how cold it was. I have been in the UK eight years now and I'm still trying to get used to it, so I am always complaining about it to teammates.
"If there is one thing that gets me down about being away from home it is the warm weather which you don't get as much. Whilst I am playing over the winter here, everyone is at home on the beach enjoying the sun."
So why would a New Zealand international leave his local club to ply his trade in the Premiership? For Tuitupou, a sense of adventure saw him make the decision to move about as far away from home as he could get.
"It was just a random thing. My family just fancied a change, and we wanted to see the other side of the world.
"When I announced I was leaving (Blues) Aaron Mauger moved away as well. People were questioning why I was leaving, but it wasn't because I was unhappy, it was purely because I wanted to see what life was like outside of New Zealand. "
After four years representing the Warriors and Munster, Tuitupou joined a Sharks side that had struggled in the year previous to his arrival.
"I knew they were having some difficulties before I signed, but for me it was all about coming back to England from Ireland and finding the right club.
"I wanted to settle down and do what was right for my family, and I'm glad I made the right choice."
Sale's struggles last season are well documented, though Tuitupou's easy going personality must have helped ease some pressure during a dogged fight against relegation.
Sammy and Co did eventually pull themselves clear, with a strong team spirit dragging the club up to a respectable finish.
"It was difficult, but it just shows the character and determination of this team that we're doing so much better this season.
"As long as we keep adding quality to the squad, we can do really well. If everyone can play an equal part next season then I'm sure the team can be just as successful as we have been this year."
It says a lot about Tuitupou as a man that he decided to sign a new contract at Sale even when Sharks were yet to secure Premiership status.
Here's hoping Sammy T can continue to hold his place as a fan's favourite.