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As the great Brian ODriscoll assessed Charles Piutaus performance for Ulster against Exeter Chiefs at the weekend, he summed up the wingers unique skillset with four, short words: He just has everything. When ODriscoll says that about a player, you listen.Since Piutau moved to Wasps last season and then took up his two-year contract with Ulster, he has been the standout player in European rugby. This is how Piutau came to be at Ulster; a man driven by faith, family and a competitive streak born from wanting to emulate his older brother, Siale.The vision of the black jerseyPiutau was 13 when Pastor William Holas vision changed his life.The youngest of 10 siblings, Piutau was always a competitive sort. He grew up in Auckland, living in a garage adjoining the family house with his four brothers. There was a healthy competitiveness between them -- dinner time was a case of get in early or you miss out, according to Piutau.They grew up playing rugby in the back garden with Jonah Lomus name frequently called out as they pretended to be their heroes.Lomu had a big influence on the young Charles. As a student at the same school as Lomu -- Wesley College -- from an early age he stared at the honours board which included the results of the 1989 athletics championships. One name sits aside the list as the winner of the 100 metres, 100 metre hurdles, 200 metres, 400 metres, discus, shot put, javelin, long jump, high jump and triple jump: J. Lomu.His brothers took rugby seriously but just one of the four -- Siale -- made it professionally. Charles was talented as a youngster but it took Holas vision to map out his life, one which had a pre-destination about him one day becoming an All Black.We were at a youth camp in Auckland and the pastor was praying for a few of the youth and he saw a vision of me playing in a black jersey, Piutau told ESPN. So I asked him: Is it an All Blacks jersey? He said yeah. From that day onwards everything was aligned and I knew I was to pursue that black jersey.My parents backed me to have a career in sport and that was really helpful. When you are Wesley College, everything helped with my development.It was older brother Siale who had perhaps the greatest influence on him. They played together at Wasps last year but as Siale started making the grade at Counties Manukau in about 2006 Charles watched on and dreamt of similar success.Hes six years older than me so I was always able to speak to Siale, share advice on what it takes and things like that, Piutau said. That was really helpful having him there to help me with my rugby career. I remember in high school he was sponsored by Lotto so I got lots of hand-me-down old gear.But there was a time when I was playing rugby and I took it for granted. He used to tell me that I needed to work hard and never let up or take my position as guaranteed. He told me to stay calm and back myself. He also helped me with some positional stuff which he could pass on to me as an outside back.Siale cut his teeth in the centres but it was the wing where Charles found his home. He was brought into the Auckland Rugby system and watched in awe as Joe Rokocoko, Brent Ward, Isaia Toeava caused havoc on the flank. At a younger age Carlos Spencer and Rupeni Caucaunibuca caught his imagination as did the late, great Lomu and in 2012 he finally achieved his dream of running out for the Blues in Super Rugby.All Blacks honours followed -- he made his debut in June 2013 against France -- but he missed out on a spot in their 2015 World Cup squad and then came the call from Ulster.A leap into the unknownFor his whole life he had lived in and around Auckland, been near his brothers but he felt he needed a change.It took a lot of thinking and I talked to a lot of people close to me, Piutau said. I felt I needed to get out of the comfort zone, get out of New Zealand and try something new, try something different.I am the youngest of 10 and I had find my own two feet. I was talking to the recruitment officer at Ulster and the potential of the club was a huge draw card.The plan was to spend one last season with the Blues but the NZRU prevented him from playing in the 2016 Super Rugby competition so he took up a short-term offer at Wasps.He was a revelation at the Aviva Premiership side and the experience was further enhanced by them drafting in Siale to play in the same backline as Charles. Wasps were understandably keen to keep him but he stuck to his word and joined Ulster.I heard a lot about the Friday night games from the fans on social media. The experience is exactly what they told me it would be like, its brilliant, Piutau said. The crowds here are so vocal. I enjoyed Wasps but it was only ever going to be short-term.Ulster are now enjoying the benefits of Piutaus unrivalled talent, both in attack and defence.The intercept and visionOne of the most remarkable pieces of individual skill this season did not lead to a try, or contribute to points on the board but instead it was brilliant defensive intuition.The reward was much bigger than the risk, Piutau tells ESPN, remembering the passage of play in Ulsters win over the Scarlets back in September where his gamble to step out of the line to intercept a certain try-scoring pass saved his side. I know there was a high chance of them scoring a try so I just backed myself and went for it.Defensively sound he may be, but it was his work in attack which caught ODriscolls eye at the weekend. He has an unbelievable ability to find space with the subtlest of steps.Physically it might feel like you are separated but as a fullback you are covering space, Piutau said. You are trying to make sure the opposition cant see space to kick to so you are covering if anyone breaks through.At the same time you are working with the wingers so theres a lot of communication happening. Its a busy role. You are more involved with the game than just talking and covering space.But then you get a chance. So looking at a defender, you can see what direction they are about to head in through their shoulders. If its the forwards you know you have a chance of getting around them with pace and footwork.Ulster supporters will enjoy that pace and footwork for what they hope is a while longer.He is relishing life in Belfast and watching on proudly back in Auckland are his four brothers Hakaei, Robert, Siale and Andy. They are a huge part of the reason why figures like ODriscoll are watching in awe but Ulster fans can also thank Pastor William Hola and Piutaus faith.Every game is dedicated to God and thanking him for my skills, playing for my family. I enjoy it and love being in that moment. Its what I love to do, to play this game after a week of training and prepping. I just love it. Cheap Air Jordan 5 . Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, hit eight aces in a match that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes at Olympic Park tennis stadium. "It was definitely a very good match -- I was playing really good tennis," Radwanska said. Air Jordan 5 Retro For Sale . -- Vincent Lecavalier got everything but the desired result in his return to Tampa Bay. . Michell Burger, a woman who lives on an estate next to Pistorius gated community, said she and her husband were awoken by the screams in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14 last year, when Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp by shooting four times through a door in his bathroom. Cheap Jordan 5 For Sale . -- Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries. Retro 5 Air Jordans For Sale .J. -- Josh Cribbs was in the Pro Bowl in February and out of a job six months later.SYDNEY, Australia -- Only a day after retiring from professional cycling, Stuart OGrady admitted to using a blood-booster during the scandal-plagued 1998 Tour de France. The 39-year-old Australian rider, a six-time Olympian who wore the leaders yellow jersey for a total of nine days in 17 Tours de France, announced his retirement earlier this week after the 100th edition of the race. He admitted he had used erythropoietin (EPO) for two weeks before the 1998 event, saying he had acquired it himself and used it without the knowledge of his team. His admission in an Australian newspaper came after the French senate inquiry into doping in sport released its findings and implicated dozens of cyclists for suspicious test results, uncovering evidence that 1998 Tour de France champion Marco Pantani and runner-up Jan Ullrich used EPO to fuel their performances. "You win Olympics, Paris-Roubaix and now all of that is going to be tainted by this action," OGrady, who won the Madison gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and was a silver medallist in the team pursuit at the 1992 Olympics, was quoted as saying Thursday in News Corp Australia newspapers. "Thats the hardest thing to swallow out of all this - it was such a long time ago and one very bad judgment is going to taint a lot of things." OGrady told the newspapers he just had to "drive over the border and buy it in a pharmacy" and used "extremely cautious amounts" of EPO. The 1998 Tour de France was notable for the major scandal that emerged with the discovery of widespread doping on the French Festina team. The subsequent police crackdown led to seven of the original 21 teams either withdrawing or being ejected from the Tour. "When the Festina affair happened, I smashed it, got rid of it and that was the last I ever touched it," he said. "It wasnt systematic doping, I wasnt trying to deceive people. I was basically trying to survive in what was a very grey area." Samples taken at the 1998 race were re-tested in 2004, and anti-doping investigators passed that information to the French government inquiry. Frances Senate, after a five-month investigattion focused on fighting sports doping, confirmed Wednesday that use of the banned substance EPO was rife in cycling in the late 1990s, before a test for the drug had been developed.dddddddddddd Pantani was suspended in 1999 from the Giro after failing a random blood test. He died in 2004 of an accidental drug overdose. Ullrich, the 1997 Tour winner, has admitted to blood doping and was stripped of his third-place finish in the 2005 Tour. OGrady rode for GAN in 1998. He joined Orica-GreenEdge last year, his fifth pro team, and rode his last Tour with the Australian team, which issued a statement about the veteran riders admissions. "ORICA-GreenEDGE supports Stuart OGradys decision to step forward and place the findings of the French Senate Report into perspective regarding his own past," the teams general manager, Shayne Bannan, said. "The team would also like to express its support in Stuart as a person and as an advocate for a clean sport. Like the majority of the riders in his generation, he was also exposed to the issues and wrongdoings of the sport and made some wrong choices in that environment." OGrady said that brief period before his second Tour de France was the only time he ever used EPO. "I was lucky enough to win a lot of things, they can test my samples from Paris-Roubaix and my Olympic medals for the next thousand years, theyre not going to find anything," he said. "There is nothing more to hide." The Australian Olympic Committee is expecting OGradys resignation from its athletes commission. "Athletes Commission members are chosen for their qualities of integrity and leadership and by his admission Stuart does not deserve to be a member of that group," AOC president John Coates said. AOC media director Mike Tancred said OGrady would be dismissed if he didnt quit. "Hes a gold medallist , but really his career is tarnished as of today," Tancred said. "Its sad he wont be remembered as a fantastic competitor. Instead hell be remembered as an athlete who succumbed to the temptation of drugs in sport just to get an edge on some of his fellow riders." 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