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Piri Awahou Tihou Weepu (born 7 September 1983) is a former New Zealand rugby union player. Weepu plays for Wairarapa Bush in the Heartland Championship. Generally Weepu plays as a half-back but has also been known to play in the fly-half position. He has represented the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks. He first won national honours against Wales in 2004. In 2005 was called back into the All Blacks squad for the first Tri Nations test against South Africa, having missed selection for the 2005 British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
tour. He is the brother of former rugby league professional Billy Weepu.[1] In October 2017, Weepu announced his retirement as a rugby player.[2]

Contents

1 Early life 2 New Zealand rugby career 3 Leading of the Haka 4 England rugby career 5 France rugby career 6 NRL speculation 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Of Māori and Niuean descent,[3] Weepu hails from Wainuiomata. He played his senior rugby with Hutt Old Boys Marist, under the tutelage of his mentor Derek Bruce, but returned to his roots and signed with Wainuiomata RFC where, along with fellow local product Earl Va'a, he helped the club win promotion to the Premier Division in 2006 and turned the club into genuine title contenders. He attended Te Aute College where he was Head Boy in 2001.[4] New Zealand rugby career[edit] During the 2006 Super 14
Super 14
Final, Weepu was knocked unconscious during an attempted tackle. However, due to the bizarrely thick fog during the match, the team doctors were unable to see that he had been unconscious. Weepu continued playing and went on to miss a tackle on Casey Laulala, conceding the match-winning try. Later Weepu admitted that he could not remember the game at all.[5] Weepu was not selected for the 2007 Rugby World Cup
2007 Rugby World Cup
squad, announced on 22 July 2007, with Canterbury halfback Andrew Ellis preferred.[citation needed] During the 2011 Rugby World Cup
2011 Rugby World Cup
Weepu played out of position in the last pool match against Canada, coming off the bench during the second half to play fullback as a replacement for Mils Muliaina. There was great pressure on the All Blacks
All Blacks
to win the Cup, not having won it since 1987. This time round it looked to be New Zealand's year, but the unthinkable happened: All Blacks
All Blacks
playmaker Dan Carter
Dan Carter
was struck with a season ending groin injury. This caused much media attention, and betting odds in favor of the All Blacks
All Blacks
began to decrease. In the All Blacks
All Blacks
vs Argentina quarter-final match, Weepu took on Carter's goal kicking duties. Landing seven penalties, with only a missed conversion, Weepu was named Man of the Match, helping guide New Zealand to victory, as well as earning him the nicknames "Mr Fixit" and "saviour".[citation needed] In the final against France he missed two penalties and a conversion, however New Zealand emerged victorious due to a Tony Woodcock try and a Stephen Donald
Stephen Donald
penalty.[6] Weepu was left out of the All Blacks
All Blacks
squad for the June tests in 2013, being told he needed to work on his speed and defensive ability.[citation needed] He was named in the squad for the late Autumn tour of Argentina, but received little playing time. Leading of the Haka[edit] Weepu was an integral part of the All Blacks
All Blacks
when it came to performing the haka before each game. Of the 71 tests he played in he was the haka leader in 51 of them (12 November 2005 – 22 June 2013); this is the most for any player since the introduction of Kapa o Pango in 2005. 26 times he led the Ka Mate
Ka Mate
version of the haka as well as 25 times the newer Kapa o Pango haka.

Piri Weepu
Piri Weepu
leads the Kapo o Pango haka for the All Blacks

England rugby career[edit] Weepu signed to join London Welsh
London Welsh
in July 2014 and left the Auckland Blues at the end of the 2014 Super Rugby season.[7][8] On 27 February 2015, it was announced Weepu had been released early from London Welsh
London Welsh
and would join fellow Aviva Premiership side Wasps on a short-term deal until the end of the 2014-15 season.[9] France rugby career[edit] On 23 February 2015, it was announced Weepu would be joining Top 14 side Oyonnax on a two-year deal from the 2015-16 season.[10] On 15 January 2016 Oyonnax have announced the termination of Weepu's contract with immediate effect, without giving any reason. Instead, on 28 November 2016, Weepu signed with Pro D2
Pro D2
club RC Narbonne with immediate effect during the 2016-17 season.[11] NRL speculation[edit] In 2007 the Gold Coast Titans
Gold Coast Titans
approached Weepu to play rugby league.[12] Titans CEO Michael Searle said "He's a good player with plenty of experience at the top level in rugby union, and it would be good to get him back to rugby league if we can." References[edit]

^ Walter, Brad; Mascord, Steve; Prichard, Greg (12 August 2005). "Former Kiwi prop Todd named in drug-ring investigation". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 11 July 2014.  ^ "Rugby: Piri Weepu
Piri Weepu
announces retirement". NZ Herald. 2017-10-14. Retrieved 2017-10-21.  ^ Governor-General of New Zealand (29 July 2008). "Lunch for New Premier of Niue" (Press release). New Zealand Government. Retrieved 11 July 2014.  ^ Dow, Jonathan (10 September 2005). "Te Aute's glories now in print". Hawke's Bay Today. Retrieved 20 December 2014.  ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20061125041603/http://www.scrum.com/super14/2006/news/news_detail.asp?newsid=36067 ^ " 2011 Rugby World Cup
2011 Rugby World Cup
final: New Zealand 8-7 France". BBC. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2017.  ^ Napier, Liam (10 July 2014). " Piri Weepu
Piri Weepu
to leave Blues for London Welsh". Dominion Post. Fairfax NZ. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.  ^ "Weepu to join London Welsh". Rugby Week. Sports Digital Media. July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.  ^ "Wasps: Piri Weepu
Piri Weepu
and Martyn Thomas join Premiership club". BBC Sport. 27 February 2015.  ^ "Weepu swaps London Welsh
London Welsh
for Oyonnax". ESPN Scrum. 23 February 2015.  ^ " RC Narbonne
RC Narbonne
sign former All-Black halfback Piri Weepu
Piri Weepu
from Oyonnax". L'Independent.fr. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2017.  ^ Walter, Brad (31 July 2007). "BK lures Perry to Sea Eagles". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 

External links[edit]

Blues profile Hurricanes profile Piri Weepu
Piri Weepu
at AllBlacks.com ESPN Profile

Awards

Preceded by Daniel Braid Tom French Memorial Māori rugby union player of the year 2008 2011 Succeeded by Zac Guildford

Preceded by Hosea Gear Succeeded by Liam Messam

Squads

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New Zealand squad – 2011 Rugby World Cup
2011 Rugby World Cup
(2nd Title)

Forwards:

Afoa Boric Flynn B Franks O Franks Hore Kaino McCaw (c) Mealamu Read Thomson Thorn Vito Whitelock A Williams Woodcock

Backs:

Carter Cowan Cruden (Replaced Carter) Dagg Donald (Replaced Slade) Ellis Gear (Replaced Muliaina) Guildford Jane Kahui Muliaina Nonu Slade Smith Toeava Weepu SB Williams

Coach: Henry

v t e

New Zealand squad – 2006 Tri Nations Series

Forwards:

Collins Eaton Hayman Hore Jack McCaw (c) Masoe Mealamu Oliver Rawlinson Somerville So'oialo Thorne Tialata Williams Woodcock

Backs:

Carter Cowan Gear Hamilton Howlett Kelleher McAlister MacDonald Mauger Muliaina Rokocoko Sivivatu Toeava Tuitupou Weepu<

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