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CHARLIE Boy - "Wish you were here !! "

Post by Mac » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:20 am

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All Black Charles Piutau signs to join Irish club Ulster after Rugby World Cup
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All Blacks utility Charles Piutau has dropped a major bombshell by signing a two-year deal with Irish club Ulster that's thought to be worth close to $1 million a season.

Piutau's sudden post-World Cup departure comes as a shock to all involved.

It was thought he was poised to re-sign, alongside team-mate Steven Luatua, with New Zealand Rugby and the Blues within the next two weeks.

Clearly, though, the chance to bank $2 million in a favourable tax system and set himself up for life was too good to turn down.

The 23-year-old is following the modern trend of players - the likes of Rene Ranger, Frank Halai, Luke Braid, Andre Taylor, Tom Taylor, Tyler Bleyendaal and Bundee Aki - jumping at the mindboggling money at a much younger age than previous generations.

In this case, Piutau will back himself to return for another crack at the All Blacks, but like any player leaving he risks the production line overtaking him in that time.

It also highlights the unprecedented offshore demand for New Zealand's premier rugby talent.

Not just in France, either.

Competing with European salaries is becoming increasingly difficult.

Piutau has chosen a particularly memorable time to leave home.

He will forgo the potential of competing in sevens at next year's Olympic Games, and the prestigious British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2017.

At present he probably sits behind Julian Savea and Ben Smith in the outside backs rankings but he was expected to be included in the World Cup squad.

On last year's end of season tour he impressed by starting three of four tests and, by the Lions tour, could have cemented his spot as a first-choice All Black.

Having worked tirelessly since debuting for the national team in 2013 and going on to play 14 tests, it seems a shame to lose such a dynamic young talent, even if only temporarily.

It is understood Piutau's contract with Ulster starts in 2016 and the Blues still hope he will be available for next year's Super Rugby campaign.

That will, however, require agreement from NZ Rugby, as he will not be available for All Blacks selection.

This scenario is likely to take some time to work through.

Piutau's ability to comfortably slot in at centre, wing and fullback increased his value and he will be made Ulster's marquee player.

The pressure of the Blues environment - after losing six straight games to start the year and assuming a leadership role in an inexperienced, struggling backline - may have also influenced his decision.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all- ... -world-cup
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Post by Bring Humph On!! » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:31 am

I'm not sure what to think of this. I really hope we have a back row forward in the pipeline, unless of course we are losing a back somewhere!!

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Post by thecrouch » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:32 am

Good signing but would rather see a back row signed than yet another fullback.
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Post by SparkyClarky » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:33 am

Not wishing to sound negative but 2 world class back rows wood have been top of my shopping list. Having said that it's good to see quality signings no matter the position played.
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Post by rorybestsbigbaldnoggin » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:34 am

Don't understand this. Useful, definitely, but needed?

Are we getting rid of Ludik? Is this a Kiss signing? Is Piutau an Esportif client? How will we pronounce his surname? Does this mean Jared is now, and forever, a 13? WHERE THE FECK IS OUR BACK ROW FOR NEXT SEASON?
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Post by Neill_M » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:37 am

Interesting if true....... Could just be his agent trying to get a better deal out of the NZRFU :stir:

Lets assume for 1 minute its true and not a elaborate joke given what day it is tomorrow.

It is understood Piutau's contract with Ulster starts in 2016 and the Blues still hope he will be available for next year's Super Rugby campaign.

That will, however, require agreement from NZ Rugby, as he will not be available for All Blacks selection


The above part of the article says the contract starts in 2016, which could mean Sept 2016 as the Super 15 runs between March and Sept approx. Ludik's deal is up summer of 2016. As is Big Nick's and FDVM's.
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Post by BaggyTrousers » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:37 am

Holy Bejabbers man sir.

FRom the Blues website: http://www.theblues.co.nz/players/199-C ... iutau.aspx

Quite a few videos to watch.

According to the reported salary NZ$ 1M per season, that's £500K pa in real money. War chest appears to have been opened. :thumleft:

Looks a great signing, let's hope he stays fit.
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Post by thecrouch » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:38 am

This guy is a better fullback than Payne never mind Ludik, so it's definitely a squad improvement.

Albeit an improvement in an area where we were already pretty strong. I guess if the opportunity arises to sign someone like this you'd be mad to say no, but I really, really hope that the next signing we hear about is going to be of the back row variety.
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Post by WhiteKnightoftheWeld » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:39 am

This confirms the Jared Payne to Munster theory.
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Post by Deraless » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:41 am

Hands up who saw that one coming?

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Post by rorybestsbigbaldnoggin » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:43 am

Deraless wrote:Hands up who saw that one coming?

If we sign one back row bolter, and one back row of Piutau's stature, happy days.
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Post by Mac » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:44 am

Deraless wrote:Hands up who saw that one coming?
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Post by BaggyTrousers » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:47 am

One is amused by the posts made between seeking a video option for my post and actually posting.

Underwhelmed takes the fu@king biscuit, this is a sensational player, capped at 21 by the All Blacks and with 7 starts & 14 caps, with the ability, allegedly, to cover full back, wing & centre, indeed he has played all three positions for NZ, what you are missing is that he would be first choice in any of those positions for most teams, Angry Andrew's wing excepted of course, nobody takes Angry's wing.

I believe only the most half-witted will assume this will exclude at least one high class back row, and furthermore it appears all of our current NIQs will be out of contract by his supposed start date.

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Post by Dave » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:49 am

Exceptional talent but we have no backrow he will never get the ball!
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Post by Dave » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:49 am

This confirms Hendo is a 6!
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