Published: 10-Oct-2011 12:13
When Dan Carter went down with that freak groin injury, the entire nation collectively let out a groan that could be heard around the world. Anger, confusion, self-sorrow swept the country.
Who could replace the irreplaceable? Who's boot would we look to when we need the oval kicked between the sticks?
Colin Slade? Good effort, but no.
After a dominating performance against Argentina in the quarter finals, Piri and his spot-on kicking have given us kiwis all a new sense of hope. Hey, things aren't that bad.
So here's to the Weepu, you've won us over. We hope your back is big enough chief, cause you've got a heap of people on it now.
What do you think - should Weepu start at first five?
Hell, we reckon stick him in both 9 and 10 positions - he can do both.
Watch Weepu lead the haka against France
Piri Weepu tribute video (shitty music, try to ignore)
Piri and Cory Jane messing about