first_imgPiutau, 25, will swap Ulster for Bristol next summer after signing a two-year deal which is expected to make him one of the best paid players in the world. A title he already holds, earning a reported £500,000 a season in Ulster.In an interview with the Press Association, Piutau explained why he opted for Bristol and a big payday rather than adding to his 17 New Zealand caps. A decision which did not come lightly.He said: “First maybe there was an option to go back to New Zealand. After catching up with people in the union (NZRU) it became clear that I didn’t want to go back. So after that it was an easy option for me, to stay in the north. “Then I started talking to a few clubs, and I found Bristol was a perfect fit for me. I was born and brought up in New Zealand, I love the All Blacks jersey and I love what it stands for.“But when it comes to a place when you can provide for your family and there’s a better opportunity, to me it was an easy decision.“I’ll always choose my family over anything else. I’m so thankful for everything that happened in New Zealand, but as well as wanting to provide for my family, I also wanted to experience this side of the world.”Piutau will link up with his brother Siale, who is already at Bristol having signed a new deal this summer, his best friend Steven Luatua and his former Auckland Blues coach Pat Lam.He said: “I’m the youngest of 10 siblings so I always wanted to find my own two feet,” said Piutau.“I always had that family support around me and that’s a good thing but at the same time, coming overseas, it was hard, but I knew it would help me grow as a person.”last_img read more

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 11: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the range during a practice round prior to the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 11, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California. Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images/AFPTiger Woods knows as much as any athlete about the loneliness, frustration and challenges of battling back from injury.So when Kevin Durant limped out of game five of the NBA Finals on Monday just 12 minutes into his comeback, the former world number one knew it was serious.ADVERTISEMENT Hot-shooting Roger Pogoy, Terrence Jones lift TNT over Ginebra LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments Woods, who suffered an Achilles injury in 2011, said he could empathise with Durant, who almost certainly now faces several months of rehab to regain fitness.“I know what it feels like,” Woods said. “It’s an awful feeling. And no one can help you. That’s the hard part.“And whether he has a procedure or not, or whatever it is, his offseason, what that entails, that’s the hardest part about it is the offseason or the rehab.”The long journey back to fitness was the hardest part of an injury, Woods added.“That’s what people don’t see, is all those long hours that really do suck,” he said. “And why do we do it? Because we’re competitors.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Durant, who has suffered an Achilles injury, had only just returned to the Golden State Warriors line-up after a month-long layoff with a calf problem.Woods, who spent nearly two years out of golf as he battled a long-running back problem, said Durant’s immediate reaction on court spoke volumes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was sad,” Woods said Tuesday at the US Open. “As athletes we’ve all been there to that spot when you just know it, that something just went, and can’t move, can’t do much of anything.“And you can see it on his face, how solemn his face went. He knows it when things pop. You just know. And I’ve been there.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “As athletes our job is to make the human body do something it was never meant to do and to do it efficiently and better than anybody who is doing it at the same time.“Well, sometimes things go awry. And we saw it last night with Kevin.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more