September 23, 2018

Piri Weepu breaks leg ending All Blacks Tour hopes

Piri Weepu on a stretcher. Not a happy sight for fans of All Blacks and Wellington rugby. Get well soon Piri.

All Black half back Piri Weepu has suffered a broken leg early in the second half of Wellingtons 49-15 victory over Taranaki in the ITM Cup.

Weepu was supposed to be in Melbourne on an All Blacks promotional trip, but managed to get a release so that he could play for struggling Wellington.

Now instead of being named in the All Blacks squad tomorrow and jetting off to Hong Kong and Europe for the Bledisloe Cup and Autumn Internationals, he will be in hospital as the extent of the break is assessed.

Weepu playing at first five eighth had his right ankle twisted as he was tackled after attempting a chip through in the 44th minute and was stretchered off.

Wellington halfback Alby Matthewson is the most likely candidate to take Weepu’s place on the All Blacks tour.

Wellington 49 (Alipate Leiua, Apoua Stewart, Alby Mathewson, Tajhon Mailata, Scott Fuglistaller, Ma’a Nonu, Charlie Ngatai tries; Piri Weepu pen, con, Limo Sopoaga pen, 3 con) Taranaki 15 (Jayden Hayward, Scott Ireland tries; Willie Ripia pen, Beauden Barrett con). Halftime: 17-8.