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Weepu back for Hurricanes

  • Weepu back for Hurricanes

News that Ma'a Nonu would be rejoining the Hurricanes in 2015 is a huge coup for the franchise after he was unceremoniously dumped by then coach Mark Hammett. But with Hammett resigning and Chris Boyd replacing him for 2015, should the Hurricanes also try and bring back another very loyal Wellingtonian in halfback Piri Weepu?

Weepu, along with Nonu and Andrew Hore were made scapegoats of the inadequacies Hammett saw from the Hurricanes when he was named coach four years ago and all three were forced to find other franchises. Weepu joined the Blues and since then has really had an up-and-down time with the northern franchise. He made the World Cup side in 2011, battled heart complications last year and since then has really fallen out of favour, with Bryn Hall and Jamison Gibson-Park being preferred.

Maybe it's time he came home.

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Let's be honest here, TJ Perenara is still a very raw talent. He is up-and-down himself and fell out of the starting lineup for a period this season for veteran Chris Smylie. He needs a mentor. What better way to build on his skills with and experienced campaigner and local boy Weepu?

Depth at halfback at the Hurricanes is a problem and this might just be the best solution.

What do you all think?


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