Charles Piutau

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Charles Piutau
Full name Salesi Tu'ipulotu Piutau
Date of birth (1991-10-31) 31 October 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 103 kg (16 st 3 lb)[1]
School Wesley College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback / Wing / Centre
Current team Ulster
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015−2016 Wasps 23 (40)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–2015
2016−
Auckland
Ulster
32
23
(45)
(45)
Correct as of 27 May 2017
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2015 Blues 41 (340)
Correct as of 12 June 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010
2011
2013-2015
Tonga U20
New Zealand U20
New Zealand
5
4
16
(5)
(30)
(20)
Correct as of 30 November 2014
National 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 Irish club Ulster in the Pro12, 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 Rugby 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 signs 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.

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
2
2
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
Total 14 14 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. 

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