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Rugby Betting: Weepu dropped from All-Blacks squad
By Andrew Scott Wednesday, 7 August 2013 01:02
New Zealand decided to drop veteran Piri Weepu for the upcoming Investec Rugby Championship, and many rugby betting fans wonder how this could affect the squad’s performance.
Price per head services learned that rookie scrum-half TJ Perenara, who yet has to make his international debut, will take Weepu’s place.
The 71-time capped All Black, who’s a big favourite with rugby betting fans, is one of five players involved in the recent Test series against France to be dropped from the squad.
Fans that enjoy making a rugby bet found out that the other players are prop Ben Afeaki, forwards Matt Todd and Victor Vito, as Rene Ranger is not participating due to personal reasons.
Hansen said: “He (Weepu) has been an outstanding contributor to New Zealand rugby and his greatest hour was through that World Cup in 2011 when he really stood up and played particularly well.
“He has been a great servant to the All Blacks and been an important part of our team for a long time both on and off the field.
And pay per head sportsbooks, as well as many fans that enjoy making a rugby bet, know very well just how talented the player is.
“But there is a time when it is right to make the change and the three selectors as a group feel this is the time.
“We just felt that the speed of the game we are trying to play, Piri is just struggling with that.
“On the flipside, it’s always difficult and disappointing for players when they miss out on selection, particularly for players like Piri and Victor who have been involved in the team for a number of years.
“But we have made it clear what we expect from them and the door is certainly not closed if they can deliver on those expectations.”
Captain Richie McCaw added to his 116 caps after his recent break from the game, as Charlie Faumuina returns to action following a calf injury which concerned many rugby betting fans.
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Rugby betting fans can’t wait how New Zealand will perform, as in the upcoming series they will take on Australia, South Africa, and Argentina – starting with the season’s first Bledisoe Cup match on August 17 in Sydney. The tournament will run until October 5, and price per head services will be closely following the action.