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Brad Weber the latest All Black set to leave NZ

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Scrumhalf Brad Weber looks to be the latest All Black set to leave New Zealand after the Rugby World Cup in France.

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According to Le’Equipe, Weber, who has made 18 appearances for the All Blacks and is a key player for the Waikato Chiefs in Super Rugby Pacific, is said to have signed a contract with Top 14 big spenders Stade Francais.

While not Ian Foster’s first choice nine, Weber featured for the men in black during the recent Autumn Nations Series campaign, having been initially named in the inaugural All Blacks XV tour for their end-of-year tour.

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The move to the Parisian club will mark Weber’s first venture overseas, as he has spent his entire professional career in New Zealand thus far.

Should he be selected, the Rugby World Cup in France later this year, would be Weber’s second appearance in the tournament. Stade will no doubt hope that the exciting halfback can bring his skills and experience to the team as they aim for success in the Top 14 and European Cup competitions.

The 31-year-old Weber became a key member of the Chiefs since making his Super debut in 2014 and now sits on 110 appearances for the team. He made his All Blacks Test debut in 2015 and has been yo-yo-ing in and out of the team since.

Weber, who hails from Hawkes Bay, first gained national recognition when he was selected for the New Zealand Under 20 team in 2011.

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The following year, he made his provincial debut for Otago before transferring to Waikato for three seasons. In 2016, Weber returned to his home province.

A year earlier he earned an All Blacks call-up for the match against Samoa and also made his debut for the M?ori All Blacks. Weber served as captain for the Gallagher Chiefs in 2019 and was included in the All Blacks squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, where he played in three games. In 2021, Weber co-captained the Gallagher Chiefs and continued to impress, earning a spot on the All Blacks team for the Steinlager Series and the Fortinet Rugby Championship.

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Bert 558 days ago

Very underrated especially by the current All Blacks clown….. I mean coach.

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Shaylen 4 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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Jon 10 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

I think the main problem here is the structure of both countries make up. They are going to have very similar.. obstacles(not problems). It will just be part of the evolution of their rugby and they’ll need to find a way to make this versatility more advantageous than specialization. I think South Africa are well on the way to that end already, but Ireland are more likely to have a hierarchical approach and move players around the provinces. Ioane is going to be more than good enough to lock up one of those available positions for more than a few years I believe though. Morgan would definitely be a more long term outlook. Sacha to me has the natural footwork of a second five. Not everything is about winning, if a team has 3 players that want to play 10s just give them all a good go even if its to the detriment of everyone, this is also about dreams of the players, not just the fans. This is exactly how it would be in an amateur club setting. Ultimately some players just aren’t suited to any one position. The example was of a guy that had size and speed, enough pace to burn, power to drive, and speed to kick and pass long, but just not much else when it came to actual rugby (that matched it). New Zealand has it’s own example with Jordie Barrett and probably shows what Reece Hodge could have been if the game in Australia had any administration. Despite the bigger abundance of talent in NZ, Jordie was provided with consistent time as a fullback, before being ushered in as a second five. Possibly this was due to his blood, and another might not have been as fortunate, but it is what it was, a complete contrast to how Hodge was used in Australia, were he could have had any position he wanted. When it comes down to it though, much like these young fellas, it will be about what they want, and I think you’ll find they’ll be like Hodge and just want to be as valuable to the team as they can and play wherever. It’s not like 63 International Cap is a hard thing to live with as a result of that decision!

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