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During the 2011 Rugby World
Cup Piri Weepu was dubbed the
All Blacks’ saviour.
The Hurricane was elevated to
cult status when he became the
go-to guy after a string of injuries
depleted the All Blacks’ goal-
kicking stocks. He became the face
of a fashion trend when ‘Keep Calm
— Piri’s On’ t-shirts emerged.
Weepu has revealed a secret that
could have blown his rugby career.
In an inter view with espn.co.uk, the
halfback admitted he would use his
middle name to secretly run out for
his rugby league club Wainuiomata
Lions less than 24 hours after
featuring for the Hurricanes.
“ We always used to figure out who
was going to be there, and trying to
work out whether the media would
be there,” he said.
“Sometimes I’d put head gear on,
or cover my face in mud right from
the get go. ”
Weepu, a self-confessed rugby
league tragic, grew up idolising
Andrew Johns and Alfie Langer.
He dreamed of playing for the
Kiwis, even after representing the
All Blacks. But he soon started to
worry he would one day be caught
on the league field by All Blacks
coach Graham Henry, a move that
would have landed him in hot water
with New Zealand Rugby.
“ I remember reading a few articles
about when Jerry (Collins) got
caught. He played against Wainui
and my dad, being him, knew who
he was but kept quiet.
“ Jerry was just having fun. Every
opportunity I’d want to go and
play club rugby; even when we had
the weekend off, I’d want to play
grassroots rugby. It’s where it began
Luckily for the All Blacks, and
rugby union fans, Weepu was not
caught. The 2011 Rugby World
Cup victory could have been in
different hands, especially with
the Melbourne Storm, Brisbane
Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs
knocking on the door for Weepu’s
Piri was tempted to follow the
same path as his brother Billy who
represented NRL side Manly Sea
Eagles between 1995 and 1997.
However the Hurricanes did
enough to keep Piri’s ser vices.
After a World Cup title to his
name, Weepu now applies his trade
in the Heartland Championship
with Wairarapa. He is proud to
be an All Black, but the boy from
Wainuiomata remains humble as
“I always play being an All Black
down. I was so honoured and
privileged to be within that group
and to earn the jersey, but I never
really speak about it. Maybe it’s
because I don’t want to blow wind
up my bum... I just want to leave it
as it is.” — NZME
The All Blacks have dumped both
of their wingers in a shock back three
overhaul for the third and deciding test
against the British and Irish Lions.
Speedsters Rieko Ioane and Waisake
Naholo make way for Saturday ’s clash
at Eden Park, with Israel Dagg shifting
from fullback to the right wing.
Precociously talented 20-year-old
Jordie Barrett is thrown into a pressure-
cooker role at fullback in what will be
his first test start.
Julian Savea is a more seasoned
introduction on the left wing, having
played no part in the series to date after
being usurped by the talented Ioane.
Ngani Laumape starts at second five-
eighth, joining Barrett in playing just his
second test and making his maiden start.
Laumape experienced 55 minutes off
the bench in last week’s 24-21 second-
test loss in Wellington, introduced after
Sonny Bill Williams was shown a red
card which resulted in a subsequent
There is no change to the starting pack
or halves, while a lone new face on the
bench is centre Malakai Fekitoa, who
was called into the squad following
injury to Ryan Crotty.
A widespread belief Fekitoa would
leapfrog Laumape into the starting side
All three new starting faces are
Hurricanes backs, and will operate
outside that team’s playmaker, first five-
eighth Beauden Barrett.
Jordie, Beauden and lock reser ve
Scott Barrett match their New Zealand
record-breaking scenario against Samoa
last month, when all three brothers were
named in the 23.
Ioane’s dropping is the biggest surprise,
with the 20-year-old having utilised his
speed to score twice in the 30-15 first
test win at Eden Park.
Savea, the scorer of 46 tries in 53 tests,
may need to provide support to Jordie
Barrett, who can expect to be the target
of the Lions’ array of tactical kickers.
Elsewhere, captain Kieran Read will
play his 100th test in what is his 25th
cap as skipper.
He will be the seventh All Black to
reach a century milestone.
Aaron Cruden and Charlie Faumuina
will bring up 50 caps if used off the
reser ves bench. It could also be the last
test for the pair, who have signed French
c lub contracts beginning later this year.
Coach Steve Hansen says the test
shapes as a “cracker”.
“ It ’s winner takes all and that ’ll create
its own unique pressures. It ’s going to be
interesting to see how both sides cope
with it,” he said.
Jordie Barrett, Israel
Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani
Laumape, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett,
Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (capt), Sam
Cane, Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock,
Brodie Retallick, O wen Franks, Codie
Taylor, Joe Moody. Reser ves: Nathan
Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie
Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea,
TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Malakai
Fekitoa. — N ZN
British and Irish Lions coach Warren
Gatland has rewarded his victorious test
players by naming an unchanged team for
their tour-ending showdown against the
The same 23-man group who won the
second test in Wellington has been retained
for Saturday ’s decider in Auckland, with the
series locked 1-1 .
His solid selections contrast with the
All Blacks, who have promoted one-test
rookies Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape
into their starting backline among three
changes for the Eden Park clash.
It is the first time any Lions team has
been unchanged since 1993, when the
circumstances were remarkably similar.
That team won the second test in
Wellington 20-7 to square the series but the
same starting XV could not repeat the dose,
beaten 30-13 by the All Blacks a week later
at Eden Park.
Gatland says he can sense there is another
level within his same players and is thankful
they are fully fit at the end of a long season.
They showed good energy to come
from 18-9 down in Wellington, he said,
dominating the final 15 minutes.
“ We felt we should reward the players
for the result and the courage that they
showed in coming from behind,” Gatland
said. “ There are some players who are
pretty disappointed not to be selected and
I understand that. It is what you would
expect from competitive top athletes, they
Gatland is persisting with the twin pivot
combination of Johnny Sexton and Owen
Farrell, which proved effective against an
All Blacks team reduced to 14 men when
Sonny Bill Williams was sent off early.
Gatland has also retained openside
specialists Sam Warburton and Sean
O’Brien as his flanker combination after
their combined efforts in Wellington’s wet
After three days of low-key preparation in
Queenstown, Gatland said his players were
aware of how much they will need to lift if
they are to mirror the achievement of the
1971 Lions, their only victorious series in
12 visits to New Zealand.
“ We are all aware of how big this game is
and we are expecting a backlash from the
All Blacks,” Gatland said.
“But this is a huge chance for this group
of players to show their abilities and reap
the benefits of the work everyone has put in.
“It is their chance to make Lions history.”
Liam Williams, Anthony
Watson, Jonathan Davies, Owen Farrell,
Elliot Daly, Johnny Sexton, Conor
Murray, Toby Faletau, Sean O’Brien, Sam
Warburton (capt), Alun Wynn Jones, Maro
Itoje, Tadgh Furlong, Jamie George, Mako
Vunipoloa. Reser ves: Ken O wens, Jack
McGrath, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes,
CJ Stander, Rhys Webb, Ben Te’o, Jack
Nowell. — N ZN
French Open doubles champions Michael
Venus and Ryan Harrison have dug deep to
win a five-set thriller in their opening match
New Zealander Venus and American
Harrison took nearly three hours to beat
Germans Andre Begemann and Jan-Lennard
Struff 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3, 9-7. It was the 10th-
seeded pair’s first grand slam match together
since claiming victory in the final at Roland
Garros a month ago. Venus and Harrison
won less overall points than their opponent
but won the key points to advance.
New Zealander Artem Sitak also opened
his doubles campaign with a five-set win.
Combining with American Nicholas
Monroe, they fought back from two sets
down to beat Brazilians Andre Sa and D udi
Sela 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-3 .
A third New Zealand doubles specialist,
Marcus Daniell, is to open his campaign with
Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner tonight.
Weepu’s rugby league secret
Gatland rewards victorious Lions
Jordie Barrett gets nod
NZers win Wimbledon five-set openers
The Tall Ferns have
begun their Asian basket-
ball tour in impressive
style, over whelming India
75-52 in the opening
game of the William
Jones Cup tournament in
New Zealand were led
by guard Micaela Cocks,
who scored 12 of her 21
points in the opening
quarter as they powered
nine points clear at the
first break, extending the
lead to 42-26 by half-
The game tightened
up in the second half
but New Zealand’s lead
was never threatened,
helped by 15 points to
Chevannah Paalvast and
11 for Jillian Harmon
to go with her seven
rebounds and six assists.
Kereama expects New
Zealand to be tested
in their second match
against South Korea
“For a first up game
we will take a 23 point
win. But we still have a
lot of areas to improve
on,” he said. “ It was good
to be able to give all of
our bench some valuable
minutes and give some
of our debutants a good
taste of international
tournament opens a busy
month for the Tall Ferns,
culminating in the Asia
Cup in Bangalore.
Tall Ferns start Asia
tour with win
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