Players Board Announcement: Charles Piutau

The PRPW Players Board has been bolstered with the inclusion of All Blacks and Ulster fullback, Charles Piutau.

Image courtesy of  Onside Images

Image courtesy of Onside Images

Piutau becomes Pacific Rugby Players Welfare’s first Pro12 representative, providing a much needed voice for players of Pacific heritage in Ireland, Scotland, Wales & Italy. 

Excited about the prospect of helping improve conditions for Pacific Islanders and their families abroad, Piutau says:

“I’m glad to be joining PRPW and contributing to the great work that the guys are doing amongst our European/Pacific community. The Pacific culture is all about giving back and being a part of this initiative gives me a chance to do that.”

Piutau - who sacrificed his All Blacks ambitions in order to better financially support and secure his family’s future - is familiar with the Pacific Island notion of supporting the wider community’s development.

He joins a strong group of well established players of Pacific Island heritage that includes Matt To’omua, Mako Vunipola, Nemani Nadolo, John Afoa, Soane Tongahuia, Kahn Fotual’ii, Nathan Hughes and Manu Tuilagi who make up the PRPW Players board. 

“I am honoured to be a part of this group and, more so, excited to be of help to our Pacific Island community here in Europe.” Piutau said.

On the addition of Piutau, PRPW Director Dan Leo said: 

“Charles’s presence on our Players Board as a representative voice for our Pacific players in the Pro12 competition is a vital step towards providing for the needs of the entire Pacific family. Charles’s experience and enthusiasm will be crucial in helping us connect and support the estimated 600 Pacific Island players who live throughout Europe.”

The PRPW Players Board meets twice annually in order to discuss and implement programmes which support and assist Pacific Island players and their families in all areas of life.

You can see more information about these programmes here:


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