Piutau's €1m-per-year Bristol deal
Ulster's Kiwi star Charles Piutau is set to be lured away from the province by the big money on offer at free-spending Bristol.
The English Championship side - who persuaded coach Pat Lam to leave Connacht - are understood to have offered him a contract worth a staggering €1m per year. They already have Ireland out-half Ian Madigan on their books.
Piutau, a former All Black, arrived in Belfast last summer amid much fanfare - delivering on the hype in a debut season that saw him score nine tries and scoop the Pro12 Player of the Year award.
The 25-year-old wing, whose two-year Ulster deal expires at the end of the coming season, will expect his new club to be in the Premiership by the time he arrives. Ulster were ready to offer him improved terms, but were outgunned by a deal only bettered by Dan Carter's at Racing 92.