Massive Blow For Ulster As Charles Piutau Set To Leave The Northern Province
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Huge blow for Ulster.
Charles Piutau is set to leave Ulster at the end of the season after signing a deal with Pat Lam’s ambitious Bristol.
The former All Black was named the PRO12 Players’ Player of the Year last season and was a shining light in a disappointing campaign for Les Kiss’ men.
In an interview with the Bristol’s website, Head Coach Pat Lam said:
“One of our key focuses is about the journey that Bristol Rugby are on – Charles’ signing for the 2018/19 season demonstrates that we have a long-term plan and structure in place,”
“We’re thrilled to have an individual of his immense quality and experience to add to our ranks. As somebody who has worked with Charles previously, I know what an influential player he is on and off the field.
“It’s not just his ability to play fullback, wing and centre, all at international standard, but it’s also his willingness to help and mentor others which will be a big boost for our young English players coming through.
“Charles is excited by our vision of ‘inspiring our community through rugby success.’ His determination and attitude to improve as a player and person are exactly the sort of world class characteristics we want in every player who pulls on the Bristol jersey.”
Piutau, who has signed a two-year deal with Bristol, will join the likes of Ian Madigan and Steven Luatua at the ambitious club who are set to play in the Championship this season. Something tells us however, Piutau will be playing in the Premiership when he arrives!
16 @AllBlacks caps
Pro12 Player's Player of the Year
@premrugby Team of the Year
Joining #BristolRugby in 2018/19 pic.twitter.com/wq91tBFq8x
— Bristol Rugby (@Bristol_RFC) August 10, 2017