General Weepu keen to switch codes

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From stuff.co.nz

By JOHN MATHESON

Piri Weepu's desire to return to league is still burning bright.

Weepu, 22, confirmed to Sunday News he still planned to switch codes - despite being rated as one of the best halfbacks in world rugby.

"I'm just waiting for the time, and when I'm ready to go, I'll go," Weepu said.

And Sunday News can reveal leading league clubs - including the Sydney Roosters and Newcastle Knights - will consider approaching him if he decides to switch codes after the World Cup.

"I've heard of him.

"We would like to investigate him if he did become available," Roosters boss Brian Canavan said last night.

"Having rugby league in his background certainly helps.

And we would have a full appraisal of the player, his skill level and gauge his depth."

Newcastle chief executive officer Ken Conway said the high-flying club would take a similar stance to the Roosters.

And the Newcastle Knights will be in the market for a halfback in 2008, with iconic No 7 Andrew Johns set to retire at the end of next season.

Conway said: "We would look at his form. The fact he has a league background would certainly assist him.

"We would have an open mind about who we talk to.

"We have seen quite a few league players come out of union over the years.

"Some have been spectacularly successful," he added.

Weepu, who has been dropped to make way for Byron Kelleher in the opening Tri-nations test on Saturday, first went public about a possible switch to league after becoming an All Black in 2004.

He has put no timeline on when he would jump ship to the 13-man code.

He said next year's rugby World Cup in France remained his top priority.

But Weepu added that nothing he had achieved in rugby had swayed his thoughts that he would quit the game at some point.

"I still watch a lot of league at the weekend and I still feel that passion and desire to be a part of it," he said.

"I guess we'll see how things go next year and hopefully, I'll be a part of the squad and do well."

When Weepu does announce he was off, it was likely spark a huge bidding war in the NRL for his services.

A quality halfback or standoff with Weepu's ball running and kicking skills would be highly sought-after.
 

warriors4life_old

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I wonder if the Warriors will have a crack at him, Weepu being based in New Zealand and all. He's obviously got talent and would be an asset for our team.
 

fiamacho_old

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Due to Weepu's stance would you play him at Wolrd Cup level or bvlood in new talent?

I would keep him but hey who knows?
 

tHe_maC_old

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Keep him, he still hasn't said that he is leaving after the World Cup, It's still just a 'maybe' thing.
 

Wiki_old

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fiamacho said:
Due to Weepu's stance would you play him at Wolrd Cup level or bvlood in new talent?

I would keep him but hey who knows?

Do you mean for the AB's?

They will probably keep him at this stage.

Next years half backs for the WC will be Weepu, Ellis and Byron. In that order.

Ellis will be the best ever half back for New Zealand.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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If he loved league that much he wouldn't have moved. Simple. Look the guy's good at where he is don't change from that. Personally I think the Warriors are fine as they are. No more 'union-league back to union and then undecided' players please
 

warriors4life_old

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tHe_maC said:
Keep him, he still hasn't said that he is leaving after the World Cup, It's still just a 'maybe' thing.

"I'm just waiting for the time, and when I'm ready to go, I'll go," Weepu said.

I think it's pretty obvious that he will be switching codes, it's just a matter of when.
 

tHe_maC_old

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Read what I said again and look for the words 'after the world cup'.

Yes it is obvious that he is keen to switch codes but he doesn't say he will definately leave after the WC does it? So that's why I said keep him in the Ab's for this WC.

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warriors4life_old

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tHe_maC said:
Read what I said again and look for the words 'after the world cup'.

Yes it is obvious that he is keen to switch codes but he doesn't say he will definately leave after the WC does it? So that's why I said keep him in the Ab's for this WC.

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Oh, got you now, I just interpreted it wrong when you said, "it's just a maybe thing."
 

Utai_old

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Skinny, he never moved, he was playing union on Saturdays and league on Sundays (or vice versa) he got offered a union deal first so he took it. If it wasn't for the warriors recruiment (particulary for the rest of NZ) in the last few years he probably would have never have signed a union deal.

Looking forward for him switching, hopefully after the World Cup.
 

commonsense_old

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i was really excited when i first heard he was interested in coming to league a couple years ago. BUT i aint holding my breath.

he would be an ideal replacement for stacey jones for the kiwi halfback.
 

JonB_old

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He would be a 9 not a 7.
There are not a hell of alot of players that are standout best in there position, I think Andy Ellis will be great, but like you say Wiki time will tell.
If he wants to play league in New Zealand he will have to take a big pay cut aswell.
 

one-eyed-warrior_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
If he loved league that much he wouldn't have moved. Simple. Look the guy's good at where he is don't change from that. Personally I think the Warriors are fine as they are. No more 'union-league back to union and then undecided' players please

I dont know about that. My nephew has played league all his life and at rep level under 16s kiwis , Northland under 18s. He left school start of this year and was offered a deal from a north queensland junior club that mucked him around. He was offered a deal from a union side in western austrailia so he took it. Hes over there now and going very well. He is playing in a western aus rep team in brisie this week and has had interest from the rugby academy over there. Yet I know for a deadset fact that his heart is in league and if he was offered a spot by warriors or a sydney side he would be there in a sec. I dont think loves got anything to do with it when the bills gotta be paid.
 

warriors4life_old

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Toeava and McDonald extended their contracts till the end of 2009 but Weepu only extended his till the end of 2008, so maybe there are some signs there...
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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I cant ever see Weepu making the switch, he'll get sucked in im afraid. The lure of the Black jersey will be to strong to leave and try his luck in the NRL.
 

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