Charles Piutau believes he was snubbed by the All Black management.
Although many consider Charles Piutau unlucky to have missed out on New Zealand’s World Cup squad, others argue that Steve Hansen and the New Zealand selectors were correct in leaving behind a player that had already signed for Ulster.
Indeed, the manner in which Piutau was left in limbo after his Auckland Blues contract was allowed expire, left some questioning the motivation of the All Black management. In any event, the big winger now finds himself playing for Wasps before he ultimately moves to Ulster.
However Piutau is clearly unhappy with the way in which he was left out of the New Zealand’s World Cup winning squad. The winger told the Daily Mail, ‘It was quite hard to swallow. I backed myself to make that team but it wasn’t to be’.
Although Piutau impressed against South Africa in the Rugby Championship, Hansen selected Waisake Naholo in his squad, despite the fact he was recovering from a broken leg.
This has obviously left Piutau feeling a little bitter, with the Wasps player believing that his decision to move abroad contributed to him being left out.
The coaches told me it wasn’t the reason, but I felt it was partly. It was tough. No player likes to be a spectator in the biggest tournament.
After missing out on the World Cup, some would sympathise with Piutau. However he had to have understood the consequences of moving to Europe.
— Alan Drumm (@alanjdrumm) November 15, 2015
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena