Even though Wasps have recruited superbly well this season, they will still be feeling the loss of All Black full back Charles Piutau, who completed his planned move to Ulster over the summer.
This was made all the more apparent when the New Zealander lit up the field in a pre-season friendly for his new team against Northampton Saints, a match the hosts went on to win 29 – 19.
— Craig Chalmers (@Chick_Chalmers) August 26, 2016
It is Piutau’s superb vision, running lines and pace that will be sorely missed down at the Ricoh Arena, despite the signing of Australian utility back Kurtley Beale.
Whilst Wasps fans will be trying to find consolation in a new back division featuring the likes of Joe Simpson or Dan Robson, Danny Cipriani, Kyle Eastmond, Elliot Daly, Frank Halai, Christian Wade and eventually the aforementioned Beale, Ulster fans will be rejoicing that Piutau hasn’t lost the rich vein of form that made him so deadly for the Premiership and European semi-finalists last season.
Keep one eye on Ravenhill’s finest this season, they might be ready to take the Pro12 and Europe by storm once again.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena