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Kirwan confirms Weepu switch

10th July 2014 07:19

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Moving on: Piri Weepu

Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has confirmed that Piri Weepu is to leave the franchise, with London Welsh his reported destination for 2014/15.

According to Fairfax Media, the veteran scrum-half is expected to receive between $300,000 and $400,000 (NZ) annually on a two-year contract.

Weepu has dropped down the pecking order for both the Blues and New Zealand and with recent health issues, the big money switch is well timed.

"He's been a great Blues man the last four years. He's a fantastic team man," said head coach Kirwan, as Weepu leaves with his best wishes.

"He really cares about the players around him. He will be a big loss for us. We were keen for him to stay but we understand fully. He's had a couple of options on the go.

"He's been a great servant of the game. It's great for him to go overseas and get a new experience. He's helped us win a World Cup. He's been a great All Black. It's a good natural progression that he rolls on.

"He'll be remembered fondly. We'll all miss him. He's a special man."

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