All Black Piri Weepu in Sri Lanka

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Rugby World Cup winning player in 2011, All Black Piri Weepu was seen amongst the crowd at the Dialog Rugby League game this evening at Police Park.

The 34-year-old who announced his retirement from the sport this year made it to Sri Lanka on the request of the current Trinity College head coach Lote Raikabula. Touching down in the country this morning, the former All Black scrumhalf was captured by our photographer at the Dialog Rugby League game involving Police Sports Club and CH & FC.

He is set to spend a few days in the country and help out on a few school teams during his short stay.

Weepu, who made his debut in 2004 was a phenomenal player during his time in the scrumhalf position especially in the 2011 Rugby World Cup which the New Zealand side won after a long lapse of over two decades.

Known to be an unorthodox scrumhalf, traces of that famous All Blacks game against Argentina in the 2011 Rugby World Cup is still fresh in our minds where he landed seven penalties to take the All Blacks to victory.

Weepu has been the leader of the customary All Blacks pre-game Haka too, leading on 51 occasions in his 71 match career. In his nine-year stint in the black jersey he has accumulated a total of 71 points.

 The Story of the Haka (In Sinhala)