Piri Weepu is playing with French amateur club RC Saint Sulpice for the remainder of the season, the club’s official website confirmed.
Weepu’s contract with Oyonnax was ended last month, with no reason for this having been made public. This left Weepu with no job and no place to play rugby. Following that, fellow All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu, currently playing with Castres, put him in touch with local businesswomen Lillian Clerc, who has good connections with the R8 club.
It seems Piri Weepu wants to simply play rugby for a while, without the stress of big pressure or having to perform.
“We welcomed him with open arms.
“He doesn’t speak a word of French and we’ll try to integrate him into the social life outside of professional rugby. He will discover the human side of rugby.
“He stayed to eat with us on Friday in our modest premises and found it fantastic.
“This is a great for the club, its players, its leaders, supporters, partners and also for the city.
“Imagine our young players can play with a world champion? They will always remember that,” club president Thierry Tonon is quoted as saying to Stuff.co.nz.
Meanwhile, Weepu’s management has stated he has no plans for his future right now, but it is possible he will return to New Zealand to continue his professional career. Right now though, he is simply playing for the love of the game.
Paul Peerdeman, Pundit Arena