Piutau could play Super Rugby at centre for Blues

Blues and All Black back Charles Piutau has revealed that he is open to a move to centre if it helps the Blues win another Super Rugby title.

Twenty-two-year-old Mangere, South Auckland born and raised Piutau has played in all of the back three positions for the Blues and a new position is on the cards.

The Blues initially said that they were not interested in signing All Black centre Ma’a Nonu and Sir John Kirwan had planned to give Piutau the No. 13 jersey and the fullback role to new star recruit Benji Marshall.

The Blues did a U-Turn on the Nonu decision but Piatau still in line to play at centre where he could form a devastating partnership with the All Black centre.

“They asked me if I was interested. I said I was open to playing centre,” Piatau told Fairfax NZ News.

“At the same time it depends on where the All Blacks saw me. I don’t want to be playing in a position that’s going to hinder my chances. I want to be practicing a position to get better at it.”

“In the All Blacks I really enjoyed playing on the wing. Before I didn’t see it that way. Playing at that level I had fun. Coming back to the Blues I don’t mind where I play.

“It doesn’t worry me. If anything it’s good for our team culture, to push each other and not get complacent. None of our positions are for granted. The coaches will pick on form.”

The danger for Piatau is that playing in too many positions can cause headaches as being a versatile player can both help and hinder selections at international level.

However whatever position he plays in Piutau has already proven his ability to handle situations when tested.

“Understanding different roles, it’s easy to get them mixed up,” he admits.

“It’s always tough to go into a new position. There are always expectations to slot in straight away.”

Even though he is unsure about where he will playing it’s likely that Piutau will be a key figure for the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup.

“It was awesome to experience it in New Zealand. Like any kid a World Cup is something you’d love to be a part of. It doesn’t seem too far away. “

“That’s why this year is so important, leading into something like that. I just want to play.”

“Last year was awesome. I learnt so much. In order for me to get better I need to leave it there and park it. I enjoyed it, but it gave me a hunger inside to be better.

“It’s just a starting point. Getting a taste of it . . . it’s now become an addiction. I want more. Coming into this year that’s my focus.”

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