Piri Weepu hangs up the boots
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Andy Burt Getty Images
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Weepu made his debut for the All Blacks as a 21-year-old against Wales in 2004 and went onto play 71-Tests before making his final appearance against France in 2013.
A highly skilled operator, Weepu had the ability to play either halfback or first five-eighth. His slick distribution skills were complimented by an astute kicking game and calmness under pressure.
Weepu reached cult-like status during the 2011 Rugby World Cup with a couple of standout performances. Due to Dan Carter’s injury, Weepu stepped into the goal-kickers role and landed seven penalty goals in the quarterfinal against Argentina and four in the semifinal against Australia.
He ended his career with 103 Test points, made up of seven tries, 10 conversions and 16 penalties.
The tributes for Weepu have flowed across social media since the announcement was made on October 14.
Congrats to @piriweepu on a great career & best wishes for the next stage. The 2011 RWC winner announced his retirement from rugby today. ???? pic.twitter.com/qyrv9UONmL— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 14, 2017
Throwback to my first @AllBlacks test with @piriweepu congrats on an awesome career brother. pic.twitter.com/BM8L970SPJ— Beauden Barrett (@beaudenbarrett) October 14, 2017
@piriweepu Congrats on a mean career brother. was an honour and privilege getting to train & play along side you up in welly.— Lima Sopoaga (@LimaSopoaga) October 14, 2017
Piri Weepu has retired from all forms of rugby. Thanks .@piriweepu
You were a huge part of that RWC2011 win. pic.twitter.com/tV6VzYCUMM— rggrblggr (@ruggerblogger) October 14, 2017
Thanks team!! Was an honour!! https://t.co/NCzfQuu49C— Piri Weepu (@piriweepu) October 14, 2017
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