- Publish Date
- Friday, 11 August 2017, 4:04PM
Former All Black and Blues fullback Charles Piutau is to become the highest paid player in world rugby next year, according to reports.
The British Telegraph
is reporting that Piutau has signed a deal with Championship side Bristol worth £1 million (NZ$1.78m) per season.
The 16-test All Black will join the English club at the 2018/19 season after signed a two-year deal. He currently has one year left on his deal with Irish province Ulster. The deal will eclipse former All Blacks number 10 Dan Carter as the highest club player on the world stage.
Carter's current deal with French Top 14 club Racing 92, which is thought to be around 1.2million euros per season, is due to expire at the end of the new season.
According to the Telegraph, Bristol saw off strong competition from leading clubs in France to secure the deal - well beyond Ulster's financial means - and had to pay above the odds because of their current status outside of England's top flight.
Bristol, who were relegated from the Premiership last season, had already set a new Premiership record by signing Piutau's former Auckland Blues and All Blacks team-mate Steven Lautau this season on a deal understood to be worth £650,000 per season.
Former Blues coach and director of rugby at Bristol Pat Lam said the signing of Piutau was "one of the biggest coups in the club's history".
"I feel blessed to have been given the opportunities I have in rugby," Piatau told the Telegraph.
Source: NZ Herald.