Charles Piutau

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Charles Piutau
Birth nameSalesi Tu'ipulotu Piutau
Date of birth (1991-10-31) 31 October 1991 (age 27)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb)[1]
SchoolWesley College
Notable relative(s)Siale Piutau (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback / Wing / Centre
Current team Bristol Bears
All Black No. 1122
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015−2016
2016−2018
2018–
Wasps
Ulster
Bristol Bears
25
44
0
(50)
(60)
(0)
Correct as of 21 April 2018
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2015 Auckland 32 (45)
Correct as of 24 October 2015
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2015 Blues 41 (40)
Correct as of 2 May 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010
2011
2013–2015
Tonga U20
New Zealand U20
New Zealand
5
4
17
(5)
(30)
(20)
Correct as of 30 November 2014
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2011–2012 New Zealand

Salesi Tu'ipulotu "Charles" Piutau (born 31 October 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays in the fullback (and occasionally wing) position for England club Bristol Bears in the Premiership, and formerly for New Zealand's national team the All Blacks.

Early life[edit]

In 2010, Piutau represented Tonga at the IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina. Piutau was the top try scorer for the New Zealand Under-20s in their 2011 World Championship winning campaign.

Charles played club rugby for Pakuranga United Rugby Club. He is the younger brother of Bristol Bears centre Siale Piutau.

Club career[edit]

He made his debut for Auckland in 2010, his first year out of high school, and was named Auckland Under 20 player of the year.[citation needed]

He was brought into the Blues squad to cover injuries at the tail end of the 2012 Super Rugby season and proved his skills with two 'man of the match' appearances.[citation needed]

On 1 April 2015, it was announced Piutau would join Irish club Ulster from the start of the 2016–17 season.[2] Before joining Ulster, Piutau signed for English club Wasps in the Aviva Premiership during the 2015-16 season.[3] During his season at Wasps, Charles had a strong impact. Charles scored notable try in the 80th minute against Exeter Chiefs in the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final to help Wasps reach the semi-final. Piutau was nominated for the Aviva Premiership Player of the Season and was named in the Team of the Season. In August 2017, Ulster confirmed that Piutau would be leaving the province at the end of the 2017–18 Pro14 season to join Bristol Bears.[4]

International career[edit]

Piutau joined the All Blacks training squad during the 2013 Super Rugby season. On 22 June, he made his Test debut against France in New Plymouth.

Test Match Record[edit]

Against Pld W D L Tri Con Pen DG Pts %Won
 France
2
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
100
 Australia
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 Argentina
3
3
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
100
 South Africa
3
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 Japan
1
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
100
 England
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 United States
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
100
 Samoa
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 Scotland
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
 Wales
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
100
Total 17 17 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 100

Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Con = Conversions, Pen = Penalties, DG = Drop Goals, Pts = Points Scored

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ulsterrugby.com/team/player.php?PlayId=116754#.V8jGMT595o4
  2. ^ "Ulster complete signing of All Black Charles Piutau". BBC Sport. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Wasps sign former All-Black versatile back Charles Piutau". BBC Sport. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Shock Bristol move for Piutau". Planet Rugby. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ http://en.espn.co.uk/statsguru/rugby/player/121170.html?class=1;template=results;type=player;view=match

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