Piutau still holds All Blacks hopes after Ulster

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    22 Mar 2016     Getty Images

The 17-Test wing/fullback utility has been playing out a short term contract with Wasps in the Premiership in England, and on Sunday entered the record books by scoring the opening try in his side's 39-12 win over Sale after 24 seconds.


It was the sixth equal fastest try scored in the Premiership and was set up by former All Blacks and Blues team-mate Frank Halai securing the kick-off and creating the chance for Piutau's try.

Wasps are third on the Premiership ladder on 53 points, six points behind Exeter and four behind Saracens. Leicester are four points behind Wasps. If they make the play-offs it will be the first time since 2008.

Piutau, who has scored five tries in 11 Premiership games this year, is set to move to Ulster at the end of the Premiership season to take up a two-year contract, one that has proven its worth for the Irish side after the spectacular impact Piutau has had with Wasps.

Piutau told The Rugby Paper that while he was told his move to Europe wasn't a factor in his non-selection for the Rugby World Cup he thinks it was.

"As a player I thought I did everything I could to make the World Cup squad and that's all I could do. I can live with it because I gave it my all," he said.

"I believe I can become a better player playing in the Northern Hemisphere. I really want to learn as much as I can and add to the skill set that I already have.

"I'll see how I feel at the end of my Ulster contract but the plan is to go back to New Zealand and have another crack at the All Blacks," he said.

Having adapted to European rugby so quickly was pleasing, Piutau said, because he had been comfortable in the All Blacks environment.

"A lot of the credit has to go to the coaches and players at Wasps for helping to make the transition so quickly," he said.

One other advantage of the switch is that he has been able to play with his older brother Siale, who joined Wasps on injury loan from his Japan club. That was something he thought would never be possible.