Finally Hansen and his co selectors have seen the light and removed Weepu from the All Blacks - an action that is well overdue in my eyes. I have made it clear in comments at various blogs over the years that I have never rated Weepu as any better than the 4th or 5th rated half back in the country throughout his All Black career.
What is surprising is that his replacement is the tyro Perenara who may well develop into an excellent player but he is nowhere near there yet. Last nights match and the previous weeks semi final showed the gulf between the two best half backs in the country and the next best Tawera Kerr Barlow. There is no doubt in my mind that the two best half backs are Smith and Ellis with a fair sized gap back to the rest.
I just cannot understand why the selectors do not want Ellis - any comments I have heard from the selectors about his exclusion have just not stacked up.
The removal of Weepu from the scene does leave one gap - who will lead the Haka now. Liam Messam seems the obvious choice and if it is him I hope it helps him take his super rugby form to All Black level.
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