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Charles Piutau to join Bristol Rugby for 2018/19 season

Bristol Rugby are delighted to reveal that All Black Charles Piutau has agreed terms to join ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Charles Piutau: at-a-glance

  • Charles is 25 years of age
  • The utility back has 16 caps for the All Blacks
  • He was voted PRO12 Player's Player of the Season in 2017
  • Named in the Aviva Premiership Team of the Season in 2016
  • Piutau will join ahead of the 2018/19 campaign

In one of the biggest coups in the club’s history, Pat Lam brings in the 25 year-old utility back on a two-year deal from Ulster.

Piutau, who can play full back, wing or centre, was named the Pro12 Player’s Player of the Year in 2017.

With sixteen New Zealand caps to his name and a reputation as one of the most talented players in World rugby, Piutau will join his brother, Siale, in the West Country.

“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,” Head Coach Lam told bristolrugby.co.uk.

“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.

"Charles' signing for the 2018/19 season demonstrates that we have a long-term plan and structure in place"

Pat Lam

“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.”

Charles Piutau on the charge for the All Blacks versus Argentina. The 25 year-old will join ahead of 2018/19 season

During a short-term spell with Wasps in 2016, Piutau was nominated for the Aviva Premiership Player of the Season and was named in the Team of the Season.

He added: “To join Bristol Rugby and be part of the vision that Pat Lam and his coaching team has is very appealing to me. I understand the challenges that lie ahead for the club but firmly believe Bristol can once again become a major force in English and European rugby.

“I’m looking forward to playing alongside my brother Siale and being part of a club that can inspire the community and receives massive backing from the city’s supporters.

“By sorting my playing future early, I can focus entirely on Ulster this season and what the team can achieve in the Pro14 and Europe.”