Weepu’s contract woes over

2011-07-08 00:00

WELLINGTON — Piri Weepu’s contract woes have been resolved, with his agent Bruce Sharrock yesterday confirming the Hurricanes scrumhalf has been offered a contract with the Wellington-based Super Rugby franchise.

According to the Rugby Heaven website, Weepu had said earlier that although the Hurricanes had shown verbal interest, there had been nothing more concrete as he, Cory Jane, Hosea Gear and Aaron Cruden waited for a written contract.

“That’s the only thing we’ve been waiting for, is to have everything put on paper. But it’s taking a while and, like I said, it’s been pretty frustrating having to wait for so long,” he told the Dominion Post.

“If they’re going to be making us feel like we’re not [wanted] and having second thoughts, then obviously we want to look at the other options.”

Sharrock said Super Rugby franchises could negotiate contracts up to $180 000 but anything over that went through the NZRU — “they’re the gatekeeper in terms of the upper level of players”.

The Hurricanes have had a tumultuous season, with new head coach Mark Hammett under fire for poor results and for opting not to renew the contracts of captain Andrew Hore and midfielder Ma’a Nonu.

Nonu earlier this month signed a two-year deal with the Blues after being told by the Hurricanes that he was surplus to requirements for next season, two weeks before the end of the current campaign.

Hore will play his national provincial championship rugby with Taranaki but has yet to secure a Super Rugby contract for next season.

Hurricanes flyhalf Aaron Cruden is expected to confirm his Super Rugby franchise next week, and has been linked with a possible move to the Chiefs.

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