The All Black squad for the Rugby World Cup tournament was announced today with the biggest shock coming to Piri Weepu who has been dropped in favour of Andy Ellis.
Weepu being the regular back up to half back Byron Kelleher for a number of years was seen as a shoe-in. He probably did nothing to help himself this season with a parade of different beckham-esque hair styles that failed to hide his general dip in form and sluggishness around the field. The late night drinking jaunt with a number of other ‘non-22’ All Blacks in mid week heading up to the Bledisloe decider also probably knocked his halo off centre with a few of the selectors.
I have never been a fan of Weepu myself but still feel slightly sorry for the guy now. He must feel desolate - all that build up for nothing. But it is a dog eat dog world out there and I guess in this tough rugby climate one thing has been proven - form is everything and half backs with love handles just don't cut the mustard.