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Ex-All Blacks scrumhalf Piri Weepu to play for London Welsh

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand - World Cup-winning All Blacks scrumhalf Piri Weepu will join English club London Welsh at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Weepu, 31, was New Zealand's starting scrumhalf in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final against France, which it won 8-7. He played the most-recent of his 71 tests against France in June, 2013.

Weepu leaves the Auckland-based Blues, for which he played 39 Super Rugby games after previously playing 84 matches for the Wellington-based Hurricanes. Blues coach John Kirwan said Weepu would be greatly missed.

Kirwan said "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."

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