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Transcript of Piri Weepu
Piri Weepu is a former All Black halfback who plays for Auckland and the Blues. He is best known for his contribution during the Rugby World Cup 2011. He was the haka leader for the All Blacks before he was replaced for the Rugby Championship 2013 by TJ Perenara
After being highly criticised for his lack of fitness. Piri Weepu came on as a sub in the final pool game against Canada where he kicked 4/4 conversions. After Dan Carter was ruled out for the tournament he took on goal kicking duties. He started the next game, the quarter-final against Argentina where he kicked 7 penalties and was named man of the match.
Rugby World Cup 2011
Much praise was given to Weepu after his Argentina performance, he quickly became a cult hero and t-shirts were made that said; Keep Calm Piri's On.
Rugby World Cup Final
After another great performance in the semi final against Australia, Piri played the final against france with his grandfathers death that week lingering over him. that didn't stop him putting in yet another class performance, making a tackle that would have otherwise probably lost the game. After the match Weepu was nominated for IRB Player Of The Year
After a terrible 2012 Blues season due to his lack of fitness, Weepu was controversially picked for the All Blacks. 2013 brought much better form for Weepu but it wasn't enough for the 2013 Rugby Championship.
Even with Weepu not as great a player today, he is still remembered as a player who was a huge influence of New Zealand winning Rugby World Cup 2011. He will never be forgotten.
Keep Calm Piri's On
Why I chose Piri Weepu
I chose Piri Weepu because he is an amazing maori person and he is a man responsible for bringing what many of New Zealand treasure in the Webb Ellis Cup back to where it belongs.