Charles Piutau On Why He Has Turned His Back On The All Blacks
When Charles Piutau made the decision to join Ulster via Wasps, the rugby world was in shock. Regarded as one of the most devastating backs in world rugby, it was thought Piutau would have a long and successful All Blacks career having just broke into the set-up.
For the Ulster star however, it was an easy decision. He was born with a special talent that could not only provide for him, but for his family too, and he had to make the most of it.
Many believed he would return to New Zealand next season in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after spending three seasons in Europe, but when Bristol came knocking with a £1,000,000 a season offer, he just couldn’t turn it down.
“First maybe there was an option to go back to New Zealand,” Piutau told Press Association Sport.
“After catching up with people in the union it became clear that I didn’t want to go back.
“So after that it was an easy option for me, to stay in the north.
“But when it comes to a place when you can provide for your family and there’s a better opportunity, to me it was an easy decision. I’ll always choose my family over anything else.
“I’m so thankful for everything that happened in New Zealand, but as well as wanting to provide for my family, I also wanted to experience this side of the world.
“Ulster have been amazing with me, and I’ve really enjoyed my time here playing for the club and in the city of Belfast.
“So I want to make the most of everything in my final year here.”