Piutau was due to play against and for the Barbarians over the next few weeks. CameraSport/Simon King/INPHO
Under the knife

Piutau undergoes ankle surgery and is ruled out of Barbarians clash

Stuart Olding and Wiehahn Herbst have also had operations and are out of the game next month.

CHARLES PIUTAU IS expected to be ruled out for eight weeks after he underwent ‘routine’ surgery on his ankle, meaning the Kiwi centre will miss Ulster’s clash with the Barbarians next month.

The 25-year-old, who was recently named the Pro12 Players’ Player of the Year, has also been ruled out of the Barbarians squad to face England at Twickenham on Sunday 28 May.

Piutau and his Ulster team-mate Ruan Piennar were invited to join Vern Cotter’s squad for the Baa Baa’s game in London before switching sides to line up against the famous invitation club at Ravenhill four days later.

But Ulster have today confirmed the 16-time All Black went under the knife yesterday and will be out of action for approximately two months.

Stuart Olding (ankle) and Wiehahn Herbst (knee) also had operations following the conclusion of Ulster’s Pro12 campaign and will be unavailable for the visit of the Baa Baa’s on Thursday 1 June.

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