All Black Luatua joins Pat Lam in Bristol next season

He moved to secure his family's future

BY Simon Maguire 15:29 Wednesday 15 February 2017, 15:29 15 Feb 2017

Blues' Steven Luatua scores a try. Image: @INPHO/David Rowland

All Black back row Steven Luatua has no regrets about leaving his native New Zealand and signing for struggling Bristol in England.

The 15 time capped New Zealand and Auckland Blues loose forward is joining up with Pat Lam and moved to secure his family's financial future.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald he said: "The offer they [the NZRU] gave me in comparison to what I will get is night and day and that was a big factor in me deciding to leave.

"It's been on the table for the best part of a couple of months. A lot of sleepless nights, a lot of U-turns here and there but I'm glad in the end I made the best decision for me and my family," he added.

At 25 and entering the prime of his career, the backrower ultimately decided to take care of his family saying: "I can secure the future for my family. That's a big pull, to give back. My family don't expect much. They know I do what I do and that I give back when I can, but in this way I can actually make a difference."


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