Oval Talk doesn't care what people think of Danny Cipriani, the maverick fly-half will be a loss to the Premiership when he moves Down Under - and England could also live to regret his departure.
Yes, yes, we all know the stories about Cipriani's apparent love of celebrity, his so-called brattish behaviour in training and his ill-advised comments about England when away with the Saxons in America last summer.
The 22-year-old has clearly made a few boo-boos in his short professional career, and if he could re-live some of those moments no doubt he would choose a different path to take or keep his opinions to himself.
But really, how much does all this matter when he can light up a rugby field like he did while guiding Wasps to victory over Gloucester in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals on Sunday?
The late, great Bill McLaren was known to put things into perspective after witnessing punch-ups during a game. McLaren had seen real suffering and experienced real danger during the Second World War, and would dismiss a bout of fisticuffs with a simple: "It doesnae matter."
Well, Oval Talk would like to borrow that phrase from the great man and apply it to all of Cipriani's supposed 'mistakes' over the last couple of years. He is too good a player to allow such trivial matters to get in the way of what should be a stellar career, at both club and international level.
Quite simply, Cipriani was outstanding against the Cherry and Whites, playing a vital part in three of Wasps' five tries and nailing seven kicks from eight attempts for a personal haul of 17 points.
It was a performance that perhaps only Shane Geraghty of the other England fly-half candidates could have produced - perhaps. It was certainly beyond the abilities of current England incumbents Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood.
Okay, so Cipriani's defence was average at best, but it's a part of his game he continues to work on. Nor is he the first fly-half to struggle in this area. Anyway, why focus on his weak points when his pace, alignment, passing and kicking can be so sublime?
OT recognises that Cipriani is not everyone's cup of tea, but again who cares? Top-flight rugby is not a popularity contest and head coaches and managers at club and international level should be skilled in juggling the demands of maverick personalities and how best to blend them into a squad set-up.
There seems little doubt to OT that Cipriani will be a success in the Super 15 next year. Melbourne Rebels will build a team around their celebrity import and the hard pitches and pace of the Super game will suit his undoubted talents.
Furthermore, Cipriani will arrive Down Under with a clean slate with regards to how other pros might view him; he has a chance to redefine himself as a more mature individual and less of the prima donna that he is known to be back home.
OT suspects that dealing with matters off the pitch are more of a challenge to Cipriani than those that occur on it, and if he can get the former sorted then there is a good chance his game will continue to flourish.
But it frustrates OT that Cipriani is leaving these shores in the first place. He is by some way the most skilled back available to England and yet they have been unable to nurture his talents correctly and manage what some consider a difficult personality.
There is also the no small matter of his horrific injury that could and should have been managed better. Cipriani deserves praise for the way he bounced back early from what was a career-threatening double fracture of his ankle, though in hindsight it might have been advisable for him to have taken more time.
On the evidence of last weekend, Cipriani is approaching the sort of form that allowed him to make such an assured full international debut against Ireland in the 2008 Six Nations, a game he controlled to such an extent that England won comfortably.
It's probably too late for Martin Johnson to change Cipriani's mind, but if OT were the England boss he would be trying to figure out the best way to incorporate the fly-half into his 2011 World Cup plans.
Imagine the following England backline: Ben Youngs, Danny Cipriani, Mark Cueto, Shane Geraghty, Mike Tindall, Chris Ashton and Ben Foden.
And while we're on the matter, isn't it about time Cipriani's Wasps team-mate Dominic Waldouck was given a run out for England? OT can name several less-talented centres who have won full international honours over the past few years.
Try of the week (make that season!): Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz)
It's not often Shane Williams gets left for dead, and it's not often that three British Lions stars are made to look pedestrian while tracking a player with the narrowest of touchline corridors in which to operate. But that's exactly what happened early in Biarritz's Heineken Cup quarter-final win over Ospreys, when wing Takudzwa Ngwenya received the ball inside his 22 and proceeded to engine 80 metres upfield for an extraordinary try. The American international evaded the tackles of Mike Phillips and Williams before putting on the afterburners to leave Lee Byrne chasing shadows. If it's any consolation to the Lions trio, Ngwenya also made Springbok speedster Brian Habana look average when he beat him on the outside with a devastating turn of pace in the last World Cup.
Player of the week: Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse)
It's easy to see why both Toulouse and France build their backline around this colossus centre after he maintained his form from the Six Nations with a sublime performance in the Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Stade Francais. Jauzion scored one try and time and again cut open a Stade midfield containing his France centre partner Mathieu Bastareaud. At 6' 4" and nearly 16 stones, Jauzion is a big old unit, but he doesn't half make the art of centre play look easy.