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Luatua effectively gives up on the All Blacks

Steven Luatua has effectively given up on ever playing for the All Blacks again after committing his long-term future to the Bristol Bears, the club confirmed yesterday.

The 27 year-old pens a two-year deal to remain at Ashton Gate Stadium until 2021, where he enjoys one of the biggest salaries in the Premiership.

A firm fan’s favourite, Luatua has made 23 appearances for the club since his arrival in 2017.

“Steve [Luatua] is a pivotal character for us, on and off the field. His influence around the training ground and his performances on the field have earned him the respect of players, staff and supporters,” said head coach Pat Lam.

“Steve has been one of the most consistent performers across the Gallagher Premiership and he’s been key in driving Bristol Bears forward with the development of our game.

“Securing his commitment at this early stage underlines the belief that we have within the club about what we can achieve. We’re looking forward to seeing Steve continue to drive our progress towards our vision.”

With fifteen All Blacks caps to his name, Luatua remains one of the most explosive back rowers in Europe.

He added: “It’s a privilege to commit my future to Bristol Bears – it’s an environment that is getting the best of out of me. I’m enjoying working with Pat [Lam] and the quality players we have here.

“There is huge ambition at the club to keep progressing and getting better, I’m excited to be a part of that. It was an easy decision for me and my family – Bristol is a place that I feel a close affinity to.”

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Luatua effectively gives up on the All Blacks