Brodie Retallick Rugby: It’ll be a double whammy for Brad Weber’s parents at the World Cup

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Ann and Neil Weber had booked their flights and accommodation to the Rugby World Cup in Japan last year so it became a double whammy for them when son Brad was named in the 31-member All Blacks squad today.

“We’ve got a big bonus that he’s [in the squad],” Neil Weber said of Brad who was named alongside fellow Hawke’s Bay Magpie Brodie Retallick and former Lindisfarne College pupil George Bridge.

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“[He] had a big Super [Rugby] season to put is best foot forward and, yeah, dreams come true,” Neil said. “He’s a Hawke’s Bay All Black so that’s pretty cool.”

Finding out the 28-year-old Chiefs halfback was in coach Steve Hansen’s mix was “quite hard case, really”.

The parents, who live in Mt Maunganui, don’t have live streaming so a workmate had streamed it and videotaped it for him. Neil couldn’t hear it but did see the names going up, said the father who works in a port-based industry and is travelling with his Aussie boss in Napier.

“I was a bit nervous this morning so the drive down killed about three hours so we got here in perfect timing, about quarter to 12,” he said, revealing the family had moved from here to Bay of Plenty in 2014.

“He’s worked very hard and has had a really good journey, if you like,” the father said.

It was equally riveting for Brad who had patiently sat in the lounge of his Hamilton home to wait for his name to be called ou

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