17 Facts About Piri Weepu


Piri Awahou Tihou Weepu was born on 7 September 1983 and is a retired New Zealand rugby union player.

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Piri Weepu has represented the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, between 2004 and 2013.

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Piri Weepu represented the Hurricanes and Blues in Super Rugby, and Wellington and Auckland in the Mitre 10 Cup.

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Piri Weepu attended Te Aute College where he was Head Boy in 2001.

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Piri Weepu continued playing and went on to miss a tackle on Casey Laulala, conceding the match-winning try.

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Later Piri Weepu admitted that he could not remember the game at all.

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Piri Weepu was not selected for the 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, announced on 22 July 2007, with Crusaders halfback Andrew Ellis preferred.

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Landing seven penalties, with only a missed conversion, Piri Weepu was named Man of the Match, helping guide New Zealand to victory, as well as earning him the nicknames "Mr Fixit" and "saviour".

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Piri Weepu was left out of the All Blacks squad for the June tests in 2013, being told he needed to work on his speed and defensive ability.

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Piri Weepu was named in the squad for the late autumn tour of Argentina, but received little playing time.

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Piri Weepu was an integral part of the All Blacks when it came to performing the haka before each game.

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Piri Weepu signed to join London Welsh in July 2014 and left the Auckland Blues at the end of the 2014 Super Rugby season.

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Piri Weepu is the brother of former rugby league professional Billy Weepu.

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Piri Weepu revealed in 2020 that he still resides in Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt, and that he suffered a stroke in 2014 while playing for London Welsh, where scans found blood clots in his Broca's area, which made him talk nonsensically like a baby for a while.

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Piri Weepu suffered from weight issues, alcoholism, depression and self harm tendencies throughout his playing career, as well as sleep apnoea.

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Piri Weepu started season one with a biometric age of 59 as a 37-year-old, was the only member who is petrified of heights in season 1, and he had a new son between the two seasons.

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Piri Weepu tried intermittent fasting, but it didn't work because he cut carbs completely off his diet, but he turned his diet rich in seafood-based protein as a presenter of an outdoor hunting and fishing show.

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