6 May 2011

Weepu doesn't return this week

6:08 am on 6 May 2011

All Black halfback Piri Weepu has had to put his return to rugby back at least a week after injury forced him out of the Hurricanes team for this week's Super Rugby match against the Blues.

Weepu had been expected to make his long awaited return from a broken leg this week, but suffered a leg injury playing club rugby at the weekend.

Coach Mark Hammett says Weepu wasn't rushed back into action too soon and definitely needed match practice at that level.

Chris Eaton again starts at halfback in the one change from the side that beat the Queensland Reds.

Daniel Kirkpatrick comes in at second five for the injured Charlie Ngatai.