Sekope Kepu

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Sekope Kepu
Sekope Kepu.jpg
Sekope Kepu playing for Australia "A"
Full name Sekope Miami Kepu[1]
Date of birth (1986-02-05) 5 February 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Weight 125 kg (19 st 10 lb)[3]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Tighthead Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2014 New South Wales Country Eagles 0 (0)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005–07 Counties Manukau 7 (0)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008– NSW Waratahs 78 (10)
Current local club Randwick
correct as of 21 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–
2008
2006
2004–05
2003
Wallabies
Australia A
New Zealand U21
New Zealand U19
New Zealand U17[4]
41 (0)
correct as of 22 June 2014.

Sekope Kepu is an Australian professional rugby union player. He is a prop for the NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition, making his debut in 2008.[2][5] He also plays for the Wallabies in international matches.

Early life[edit]

Kepu was born in Sydney, Australia to Tongan parents, but his family relocated to Auckland while he was still a youngster. He began playing rugby with Tamaki Rugby Football Club Under 7s and attended school in the suburb of Glen Innes in Auckland.[6]

Kepu captained the Wesley College first XV from the number eight position in 2004, before switching to the front row with the New Zealand under-19s in 2005.[7] He represented New Zealand at under 17, 19 and 21 levels.[5]

Rugby Union Career[edit]

Between 2005 and 2007, Kepu was a member of the wider training group for the Chiefs, and was a stand out player for Counties Manukau in the Air New Zealand Cup in 2006. A broken collarbone ruined his 2007 season and saw him end the year without a Super 14 contract.[citation needed]

Kepu moved to back Sydney at the age of 21 to play for the NSW Waratahs. He made his Super Rugby debut on 1 March 2008 against the Highlanders in Dunedin, playing as the starting loosehead after Wallabies prop Al Baxter was ruled out due to a head knock.[5]

In June 2008, Kepu played for Australia A in the 2008 Pacific Nations Cup.[8] He was selected for the Wallabies on the 2008 and 2009 Spring tours, and made his test debut for Australia on 8 November 2008, against Italy at Padova. He gained two more tests caps from the bench on those tours but then had to bide his time for more than a year before making another test appearance.[1]

2011[edit]

Kepu had a strong season at the Waratahs in 2011 with 13 Super Rugby appearances, including 12 starts.[9]

In the 2011 Tri Nations Series, Kepu became the first choice loosehead prop for the Wallabies after Benn Robinson was ruled out of the entire campaign due to a knee injury. He started in all four tests and cemented his position. Australia won the 2011 Tri Nations cup.

Kepu was a key player for Australia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, starting in six out of seven matches that the Wallabies played in the tournament.[1]

In March 2013, he re-signed with Australian Rugby to committed to the Wallabies and Waratahs for a further two years.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sekope Kepu ARU Profile". ARU. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Sekope Kepu Waratahs Profile". NSWRU. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.rugby.com.au/wallabies/TheTeam/WallabiesProfiles/ProfilePage/tabid/1513/playerid/81/Default.aspx
  4. ^ "Sekope Kepu". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ a b c Warren, Adrian (28 February 2008). "Waratahs debutant Kepu keen to impress". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Twenty Questions with Qantas Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu". ARU. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Growden, Greg (26 July 2011). "Sekope Kepu - Aussie No 1 that got away". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Australia A vs. Tonga, 2008 IRB Pacific Nations Cup". IRB. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Waratahs 2011 Player Statistics". NSWRU. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Wallabies Media Unit (20 March 2013). "Kepu re-signs with Australian Rugby" (Press release). ARU. Retrieved 20 March 2013.