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Brad McCormick Weber (born 17 January 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a halfback for Hawke's Bay in the Mitre 10 Cup and the Chiefs in Super Rugby.[1][2]

Brad Weber
Full nameBrad McCormick Weber
Date of birth (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 28)
Place of birthNapier, New Zealand
Height172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb; 11 st 11 lb)
SchoolNapier Boys' High School
UniversityUniversity of Otago
Rugby union career
Position(s) Half-back
Current team Chiefs, Hawke's Bay
All Black No. 1140
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 Otago 9 (0)
2013–2015 Waikato 26 (62)
2014– Chiefs 72 (79)
2016– Hawke's Bay 28 (54)
Correct as of 2 October 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 New Zealand U20 5 (10)
2015– New Zealand 4 (10)
2015–2018 Māori All Blacks 7 (5)
Correct as of 2 October 2019

Early lifeEdit

Brother of Napier Marist rugby player Sam Weber. Neil Weber is also his Father, a forestry logistics legend based in Tauranga. Brad attended St Patrick's school in Napier before moving to Napier Boys’ High School.

CareerEdit

Weber started his senior career playing for the Otago Razorbacks whilst studying for an applied science degree at Otago University. He made nine appearances during the 2012 ITM Cup, but could not dislodge Fumiaki Tanaka as first choice half-back.

2013 did not start well for him as rising-star Josh Renton was named ahead of him in the Dunedin teams ITM Cup squad and he began to focus more on school than rugby. However, a month into the season he received a call from Waikato coach Johnny Walters who wanted to take him north to provide more competition for halfbacks Mick Snowden and Kylem O'Donnell.[3] His switch was more successful than he could have imagined as a series of good performances saw him named in the Chiefs wider training group ahead for the 2014 Super Rugby season.[2] Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Augustine Pulu were selected as the defending champions first-choice halfbacks, however, an injury to Kerr-Barlow prior to the season opener against the Crusaders opened the door for Weber, who made his Super Rugby debut as a second-half substitute in an 18-10 win for the Chiefs.[4]

Weber was named captain of the Waikato ITM Cup squad for the 2014 ITM Cup season.[5] and co-captain with Whetu Douglas for the 2015 ITM Cup season.[6]

At the end of the 2015 ITM Cup season, after scoring a second half hat trick in the final match against Hawke's Bay to win the Ranfurly Shield for Waikato, it was announced that Weber had signed a contract to return to Napier to play for Hawke's Bay for the 2016 ITM Cup season.[7]

International careerEdit

Weber was a member of the New Zealand Under 20 side which won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Italy. He largely served as back up to TJ Perenara during the competition.[8]

Weber made his All Blacks debut against Samoa on 8 July 2015.[9]

On October 2, 2019, during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, Weber scored his first international try in a pool match against Canada. He scored a second in the same match.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brad Weber Chiefs Player Profile". Chiefs. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "NZ Super Rugby franchises name 2014 squads". Super XV. 29 October 2013. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Brad Weber makes mercy dash to join Mooloos". Waikato Times. Fairfax. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Crusaders 10-18 Chiefs". South African Rugby Union. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Initial 2014 ITM Cup Squad Announced". Waikato Rugby. 9 June 2014. Archived from the original on 12 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Waikato 2015 ITM Cup Captaincy Announcement". Waikato Rugby. 4 August 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Waikato Confirm Brad Webers Departure to Hawke's Bay". Stuff New Zealand. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Brad Weber Player Profile". JWC 2011. IRB. Archived from the original on 28 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  9. ^ "All Blacks have narrow win over Samoa in Apia". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 13 October 2015.