Piutau has eyes on 2019 World Cup

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    23 May 2016     Getty Images

Having played out the Premiership season with Wasps, while waiting to take up his two-year contract with Ulster, Piutau proved a hit and was nominated for the Premiership player of the season award.

Playing attacking rugby with a Wasps team that scored 71 tries in 22 games, Piutau told The Rugby Paper he had never considered attempting to back out of his Ulster deal.

"It was set in stone before I came and as much as I've loved it here, I gave my word to Ulster and will follow it through," he said.

"I've only heard good stuff about the club, so I've got two years there which I'm looking forward to. After that we'll see, but I'd like to think I could go back to New Zealand and fight for an All Blacks spot for the 2019 World Cup."

Piutau said missing last year's World Cup had been a 'huge disappointment' but he had used it as motivation.

"Wasps have been magnificent. We've played exciting rugby and being here has brought me a whole new level of joy," he said.

Meanwhile, another former All Black, Aaron Mauger, who is now coaching with Leicester, said the number of games in Britain needed to be reduced to avoid player burnout.

"My biggest concern is players play too much rugby and to have only four to six weeks off over the summer is mad. We're asking too much physically and emotionally of these young guys to be at a high level for 46-48 weeks a year.

"That's why we have so many injuries. A lot of those injuries are on the back of fatigue and people not being mentally in the right space to play rugby.

"There are a lot of challenges for World Rugby to iron through and that's the biggest. If you took some games away, whether it's internationally or domestically, you'd get the balance right and have a better game," he told The Rugby Paper.