Former Tonga international Siale Piutau signs one-year contract extension with Bristol Bears

Siale Piutau joined Bristol Bears in 2017
Siale Piutau joined Bristol Bears in 2017
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Bristol Bears have confirmed that Tonga international Siale Piutau has penned a new one-year contract with the Gallagher Premiership club.

The Auckland born centre made his professional rugby debut with Japanese club Yamaha Júbilo in 2012 and had a brief stint with Wasps before joining the Ashton Gate outfit ahead of the 2017/18 season and has made 47 appearances for the club.

He was also joined by his brother Charles in the club in 2018.

The 34-year-old featured for Tonga in 43 Tests since his debut in 2011 but announced retirement from international rugby with the World Cup last year.

“Siale is a key part of our group. He’s one of the big drivers of our culture and is well respected and valued by all the players and staff," said Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam to the official website of the club.

“It’s not just his personal performances, it’s the leadership role he plays and the clarity he brings to everybody on and off the field.

“We have excellent young players that are growing and learning what being a professional rugby player is from players like Siale, so to keep him for another season is massive for the Bears.”

Meanwhile, Piutau expressed his delight in remaining with Bristol for another one year.

“I’m delighted to be staying at Bristol. It’s a city that me and my family have a close affinity to, and we are really enjoying our time here and the environment that Pat and the coaches have created.

“I’m hugely excited about the direction and journey this club is on and delighted to continue to be a part of that, alongside my brother.”

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