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Ulster's Piutau humbled by fan recognition as he aims to lift side

Kingspan Player of the Month

While results haven't been going the way of Ulster in recent weeks, Charles Piutau continues to impress all and sundry in Belfast.

The All Black winger picked up the Kingspan Player of the Month award for a second time after his exploits in December, which included five starts and three scores throughout the month.

And while hoping that fortunes soon improve for his side, the 25-year-old is happy to once again be recognised by his supporters.

"It's always a huge honour and a privilege to be chosen by the supporters for anything," he said. "There were a lot of players who could have got it, there have been some players playing really well over the last month.

"We're in a new month now and we really hope to do better than we have been."

The former Auckland Blues man has been one of a handful of stand outs over the course of the season but, despite an alarming run of recent results, remains struck by the quality of the squad, especially in the back three.

"The quality of players, and the internationals, there's a few players who have played a great amount for the club at a young age," he said.

"Even with the young talent here, the club is in a good place now and in the future.

"The quality of the players in the back three, to be honest, when I arrived I was like, 'why am I even here?'

"We're stacked in the back three and it's been great for me to learn from those players.

"With the younger guys coming through and flourishing, it's refreshing.

"I've been around a little bit more but the young guys coming through, it's always a bonus.

"No matter what team you're in, you want to help and share with the young guys.

"It's not a one way thing though, I'm learning off them and feeding off their energy…even if it makes me feel a bit older myself."

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