Piri Weepu is a 71-test cap All Black who became a national hero when he took on key kicking duties in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in the Quarter Final match. That day, Piri landed seven penalties and was named Man of the Match, helping to guide New Zealand to victory.
Piri was an integral part of the All Blacks when it came to performing the haka before each game and of the 71 tests, he was the haka leader in 51 of them.
On retirement from New Zealand test rugby, Piri travelled over to England and France to finish his rugby career before returning to New Zealand to start his successful TV series Piri’s Tiki Tour - a show featured on Maori Television where Piri showcases hunting and gathering with local characters around Aotearoa. In 2021, it reached its fourth season and in 2019 was the winner of Best Lifestyle Programme at the TV Awards.
In 2020, Piri was a contestant on the TV series, Match Fit which follows a group of ex-international rugby players on their journey to get ‘match fit’ again along with showing their struggles throughout their rugby careers and life after professional rugby.
Outside of his TV work, Piri also enjoys coaching rugby at local level and giving back to game that has provided him with so much.