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Willie Ripia

First five-eighth

Bio

Willie Ripia started his first class career with Waikato and was selected in the Highlanders before he made the move to Taranaki and the Hurricanes.

An accurate goal kicker, Ripia's tactical kicking game was also above average.

He broke into the Hurricanes starting XV in 2008 at the back end of the season and again was first choice in the second half of the 2009 season. 

Ripia eventually moved to the Western Force before returning to New Zealand where he played for Bay of Plenty.

Player profile

Position
First five-eighth
Hurricane
144
Height
177
Weight
91
Date of birth
20-08-85
Birthplace
Murupara
Province
Taranaki
Career
2005-2014

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