Auckland Blues captain Piri Weepu was so exhausted after his team won the Rugby World Club 10s tournament, he stopped walking in the players’ tunnel and leaned against the wall.
With eyes closed, the All Blacks scrum-half whispered to the media to give him a few minutes respite — and requested a milk beverage from event organisers.
With 72 caps for New Zealand and 10 seasons of Super Rugby for the Wellington Hurricanes and The Blues, Weepu, 30, has seen it all.
But the past two days, at the new National Stadium, he finally got a taste of 10s rugby.
His Blues team won a dramatic final at the inaugural eight-team event, beating Australia’s Brumbies 10-5 in extra time.
The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on 23 June 2014.