Weepu has a chance to cement starting scrumhalf role

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James Mortimer     23 Sep 2011     Getty Images

Weepu has impressed with some stirring performances off the bench so far in the Rugby World Cup, and it seems he may have leapfrogged Jimmy Cowan and Andy Ellis as the team’s number one scrumhalf.

To be fair, it was made clear when the All Blacks selected their World Cup squad that there was not much to choose between the three – and when one thinks that players in the class of Alby Mathewson and Brendon Leonard have been left behind – there are certainly some good options in the New Zealand number nine ranks.

Weepu this year made a return from a broken leg, and slowly but surely he made his way back to form during the Hurricanes season.

The usual questions were asked regarding his fitness, but Henry said that where he was now was vastly different to when he returned after his horrific injury suffered during the 2010 ITM Cup.

"He's prepared very well,” Henry said.

“He's a different beast now than he was a few months ago. We're looking forward to him performing."

Weepu’s dynamic form off the bench as a powerhouse impact player, coupled with his ability to cover first five-eighth, could have seen him destined to be a reserve.

But Henry praised his scrumhalf, saying he has a big chance to cement a starting role.

"He's always been a good player hasn't he," said Henry.

"He's a quality player, and gets the opportunity to show that quality.