Bristol to defy marquee player cut by keeping Radradra and Piutau

Bristol to defy marquee player cutback by keeping hold of Fiji star Semi Radradra and former New Zealand full back Charles Piutau next season 

  • Premiership clubs must cut their number of marquee players from two to one
  • Move comes on the back of a reduction in the salary cap to £5m next season
  • Radradra and Piutau signed contracts with the Bears before the rule change

The Premiership’s change to its marquee-players rule has been called into question with Bristol planning to keep Semi Radradra and Charles Piutau next season.

Top-flight clubs have been told they will have to cut their number of marquee players — those who sit outside the £5million salary cap — from two to one. 

But Radradra and Piutau are likely to stay at Ashton Gate, as both signed contracts before the rule was changed.

Bristol plan to keep prized assets Semi Radradra (above) and Charles Piutau next season

Bears director of rugby Pat Lam said of Fiji’s Radradra and ex-All Black Piutau: ‘The boys are both on contract. 

‘There is no decision to be made. They’ll both be here next year.’

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