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Bristol star Piutau joins exodus to Japan

TRANSFER NEWS: Tonga star Charles Piutau will head to Japan after the 2023 World Cup.


The former All Blacks centre will join the Japan Rugby League One club Blue Revs from the Bristol Bears.

The 31-year-old has been with the Premiership club Bristol Bears since 2018 where he has amassed 75 Premiership caps with the club.

Puitau’s acquisition is tremendous for the Japan club, who already boast the likes of Springbok star Albertus ‘Kwagga’ Smith and former Crusaders scrumhalf Bryn Jall.

Piutau has been one of the game’s highest-paid players since leaving New Zealand in 2015 to take up a deal with Wasps.

After two seasons in the Premiership, he moved to Irish club Ulster, before moving back to Bristol under Pat Lam.

He completed an eligibility switch in 2022 and was capped by Tonga after completing the stand-down period from international rugby.

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