Charles Piutau will be within touching distance of test rugby this weekend. He will don New Zealand's black and white colours, and run out alongside several international team-mates.

The opponent is England, the stage Twickenham, just as it was when Piutau started on the right wing and the All Blacks defeated the hosts back in 2013. These days, though, the Barbarians is as close as it gets to rugby's pinnacle arena.

Piutau is fine with that now, too. But when he shocked many by leaving New Zealand for the UK in the prime of his early 20s, he needed time

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