Weepu worry for Blacks

Piri Weepu couldn’t complete Wednesday’s All Blacks training session after he went down with an ankle injury.

New Zealand re-convened for a one-day camp in Auckland, and when fielding high balls, Weepu twisted his left ankle.The scrumhalf has been used off the bench in the Kiwis’ three Tri-Nations fixtures so far, with Jimmy Cowan and Brendon Leonard starting, and is now in doubt for their next Test against Australia on 22 August.

Weepu had to be helped from the field by one of the assistant coaches, and Graham Henry was a worried man.

‘Obviously it’s a negative,’ said Henry said. ‘He tells me he’ll be fine, but they all tell me that. We’ll see what happens in the next 48 hours.’

Weepu was to be released to play for Wellington in this weekend’s round of Air New Zealand Cup fixtures, but that now seems highly unlikely.

On Tuesday, rookie lock Bryn Evans – who has only played two Tests against France in June – was ruled out of the rest of the competition after having to undergo back surgery.