New Zealand utility back Charles Piutau has been strongly linked with a move to Ulster next season.

The 23-year-old, currently playing with the Auckland Blues, has 14 caps for the All Blacks, and has scored four tries.

The move would be a significant one for Piutau, as it would rule him out of contention for next year’s sevens competition at the Rio Olympics, and the tour by the British and Irish Lions of New Zealand in 2017.

Ulster were not in a position to confirm the reports this morning, but the signing of Tiupau would provide a major injection of talent to the province’s back line.