Charles Piutau is a fleet-footed outside back and one of the fastest men in New Zealand rugby – a fact he proved regularly in the black jersey, darting through gaps in opposition backlines.
He thrived in the All Blacks environment during 2013, benefitting considerably from the experience around him and he earned 10 Test caps in his first season. He didn't get many starts but he impressed in all his outings with his speed, guile and ability to link with his backline comrades. A knee injury during Investec Super Rugby in 2014 had him out of the game for a couple of months, but he was welcomed back by the All Blacks for the MyRepublic Northern Tour and played in all four matches.
Piutau is another new All Black who was part of the 2011 Junior World Championship-winning New Zealand Under 20 team - he was the team's top tryscorer - and he also starred for the All Blacks Sevens team that won the World Series in 2011/12.
v France at Christchurch, 15 June 2013
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New Zealand Under 20s (2011)
Auckland ITM Cup (2010 -)
New Zealand Secondary Schools (2009)
Rugby ground: Wesley College Number 1 field
Rugby player and why: Johan Lomu because of his strength and power
Food: Mum’s cooking
Actor/Actress: Scarlet Johansson
Movie: Lion Ling
Singer/Band/Music type: Spawnbrezzie and 3 Houses Down
Holiday destination: Brasil
Non-rugby sports team: Queensland (State of Origin)
Earliest rugby memories: Playing at Nga Iwi Primary School in bare feet
I hate it when…. I get sweaty hands and feet
I can’t live without…. Facebook
If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be…. Builder