10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
In paying tribute to Tuitupou, Munster head coach Tony McGahan said: "We here at Munster thank Sammy for his efforts this season.
"He has been a popular member of the squad and has certainly added to our back-line unit. His dynamic work at the contact area has been a strong focal point for us in both attack and defence.
"We wish him the best in both his rugby and personal life in the future."