Charles Piutau: Ex-All Black wants to make Ulster 'proud' with parting gift

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Charles Piutau will face England this May as part of the Barbarians team.Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images

Ulster's former All Black Charles Piutau is determined to "make the jersey proud" as he aims to help deliver Champions Cup qualification in his final two appearances for the Irish province.

Nine points behind Edinburgh, who sit in the third automatic qualification spot in Conference B of the PRO14, Ulster must beat Glasgow Saturday, preferably with a bonus point, to take the battle to the final day.

A point ahead of Treviso, in fifth, they also want to -- at least -- secure a Champions Cup playoff spot following what Piutau admitted has been a difficult time for the club.

"We were knocked out of the European Cup but there's still something to play for," he told ESPN. "There are plenty of other teams that don't have the opportunity to qualify for the Champions Cup.

"There is a lot to play for in the last two games and a home game coming up against Glasgow. [It's a] big challenge and an exciting one to be honest."

Piutau, who will join Bristol at the end of the season, added: "Going into the last two games, depending what happens with the results, I just want to leave everything out there and hopefully make the jersey proud, [for] the fans and the support."

The 17-cap All Black, 26, has been able to watch the emergence of provincial teammate Jacob Stockdale since his arrival at Ulster.

Piutau, left, has been impressed with the development of Stockdale, right, during his time at Ulster.David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Stockdale has burst onto the international scene with Ireland over the past 12 months -- scoring seven tries in his first Six Nations campaign to take his tally to 11 in nine Tests -- and the prolific wing has helped open Piutau's eyes to the quality of young players in Europe.

"He [Stockdale] has come into his own. It is great to see a player of his calibre, how young he is, doing so well not only at club level but at international level," Piutau said.

"That is the great thing to play alongside him and see him grow and see his career prosper. It is great to come overseas to this side of the world and see the talent here.

"Sometimes when you are back in New Zealand you don't really know much about Northern Hemisphere rugby and to come and see the young academy guys coming through and do well is awesome."