Full name Piri Awahou Tihou Weepu
Born September 7, 1983, Lower Hutt
Current age 29 years 254 days
Major teams Blues, Hurricanes, New Zealand Maori, Wellington, New Zealand
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 211 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2011-2011||7||4||3||41||0||4||11||0||7||0||0||100.00|
|The Rugby Championship||2005-2012||33||12||21||31||3||2||4||0||27||6||0||81.81|
|Test debut||Wales v New Zealand at Millennium Stadium, Nov 20, 2004 match details|
|Last Test||England v New Zealand at Twickenham, Dec 1, 2012 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
A combative and talented scrum-half, Piri Weepu has enjoyed mixed fortunes at international level since his debut against Wales in 2004. He was overlooked for selection as the British & Irish Lions toured New Zealand in 2005 and also missed out on the All Blacks' squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
When fit and firing, Weepu has contended with Byron Kelleher and later Jimmy Cowan, Andy Ellis and Brendon Leonard for the All Blacks No.9 jersey. At domestic level Weepu represents Wellington, and was superb at fly-half during their march to the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup final, and in Super 14 competition he turns out for the Hurricanes. In 2008 his form with Wellington saw him named as Maori player of the year at the New Zealand rugby awards. A competent goal-kicker, Weepu's versatility has yet to be employed by the All Blacks, with the Hurricanes also favouring him at No.9.
In 2010 Weepu turned down overtures from abroad and won a Test recall, starting the Tri-Nations in fine form and usurping Cowan for the second Test against South Africa on his home ground at Westpac Stadium. He shared in the All Blacks' title glory but a broken leg suffered on ITM Cup duty for Wellington ruled him out of the end of year tour of Europe.
He regained his spot for the 2011 Tri-Nations prior to which he announced his departure from the Hurricanes and confirmed he would join Super Rugby side the Blues for the 2012 season.
Weepu forced his way up the pecking order during the Tri Nations and was named in the 2011 World Cup, having been overlooked for the 2007 tournament. He showed his versatility by coming on for Mils Muliaina to play fullback in the pool match with Canada and then took over the kicking duties after fly-half Dan Carter was ruled out of the tournament with a groin injury. Weepu, nicknamed "Mr Fix-it" by the New Zealand media following a string of outstanding match-winning performances, lead the haka and bagged a personal 12-point haul in the All Blacks' semi-final triumph over Australia.
Weepu endured a poor day with the boot in the final and was replaced early in the second half but the All Blacks went on to claim the World Cup for the second time.