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Bristol splash out for Piutau

  • 11 Aug 2017
Charles Piutau Charles Piutau

Charles Piutau is set to become the world's highest-paid rugby player after agreeing to join English Championship club Bristol next season.

The former All Black has signed a two-year deal that will see him earn £1-million (R17.4-million) per season. The 25-year-old will join Bristol even if they do not win promotion to the Premiership this season.

Piutau played for Wasps in the 2015-16 season, before joining Ulster.

Bristol are bankrolled by billionaire owner Stephen Lansdown and aim to become a force not only in England, but Europe too.

'I feel blessed to have been given the opportunities I have in rugby,' Piutau told The Telegraph.

'If I am able to play a central role in delivering the vision that Pat has outlined for Bristol, then the challenge of playing for this club will be an achievement that I will be able to look back on with immense pride.

'Even more appealing is the opportunity to do this alongside my brother Siale, my best friend Steven [Lautau' and the rest of the squad that Bristol is putting together.

'Signing for Ulster was the start of my journey outside of New Zealand and I will forever be grateful for this opportunity. And as we enter an exciting new format in the Pro14, my sole focus for this season will be to do whatever I can to make this a successful season for Ulster and its supporters.'

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