Hawthorn rookie Shem Tatupu has quit AFL football after losing the passion for the game.

The 20-year-old New Zealander was drafted by the Hawks via the 2013 Rookie Draft as an international scholarship selection.

“This has been a tough decision for Shem to make. We have been really impressed with the way in which he has applied himself over the past two years and he has made some positive progress,” Hawthorn general manager of football operations Chris Fagan said.

“However, after much consultation with the club, Shem has decided that the passion for AFL football is no longer there.

“Shem was a highly regarded rugby league and union player growing up and he is going to explore his opportunities in that area.

“There is no doubt Shem is a talented athlete and all at Hawthorn Football Club wish him well for the future.”


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