Returning to the NSW Waratahs in 2017 is renowned leader and highly experienced prop, Sekope Kepu.
A product of the Randwick Rugby Club, Kepu is one of Australian rugby’s most valued and experienced forwards. He played for the Waratahs from 2008 to 2015 before heading to France to play for Bordeaux.
Born in Sydney, NSW, he has already earned 96 Super Rugby caps, having played every single one of them in the NSW Waratahs jersey, meaning he needs just four more to earn his 100-game milestone. He also has 77 matches under his belt for Australia, earning another 14 this year after being called into the Wallabies squad once again ahead of the June Test series last year.
Kepu made his international debut against Italy the same year he made his provincial debut for NSW back in 2008.
The 30-year-old prop is renowned for his leadership qualities within the team and mobility around the park, and will add extra strength to the Waratahs’ front row. A powerful ball-carrier, Kepu has continued to make a name for himself for both his attacking and defensive prowess. ?
Kepu was raised in Auckland, attending Wesley College, the same school as All Black legend Jonah Lomu. He began his rugby career as a rampaging No. 8 and a member of the New Zealand Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 New Zealand sides.
He switched from back row to prop and played with the Waikato Chiefs and Counties Manukau between 2005 and 2007. After returning to Sydney in 2008, he was selected in the Waratahs squad that made the final and capped off a hugely successful season by being named in the Wallabies squad for the end of season tour and making his Test debut against Italy.
Kepu lives in Prestons in Sydney’s south west with his wife Anna, daughter Faith-Rose, son Israel and newest addition to the family, son, Isaiah.
Last updated: 12/01/2017