Weepu likely to miss 2011 Super Rugby season

Hurricanes and All Blacks half-back Piri Weepu’s dream of playing for the All Blacks at the world cup appears shattered as he will miss most of next year’s Super 15 Rugby tournament.

Weepu was a certain inclusion in the All Blacks end of year squad according to coach Graham Henry – until he injured his ankle playing on the weeekend.

Weepu was playing in the ITM Cup but went down awkwardly in a tackle playing for Wellington and was stretchered off.

The half back has now been diagnosed with a fracture dislocation of the right ankle and is out of all rugby for six months giving next to no time to regain match fitness.

The All Blacks coaches say that they have been devastated by the injury because Weepu has been a high quality player and now he’ll be out of the game for six months.

Alby Mathewson, Andy Ellis and Jimmy Cowan have been named as the All Black halfbacks for the upcoming tour.

Weepu had pins and screws inserted into his leg during an operation at Wellington Hospital yesterday and the doctor is confident that Weepu will be able to play again.

Wellington Rugby Union chief executive Greg Peters said the injury was all the more disappointing because Weepu was originally meant to be in Melbourne on Saturday doing promotional work for the All Blacks.

“It was devastating for him personally and for us as well. He’d chosen to stay and support the team because he has pride in the Wellington jersey and this happens to him,” Peters told The Dominion Post.

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