Super Rugby: Ex-crusader and Chief Lockdown Mark Weedon has died aged 53
Peter Drury / Waikato Times
Mark Weedon, pictured in action for the Chiefs in 2002, has died aged 53. He also played for the Crusaders, Bay of Plenty and London Wasps.
Former Crusader and Chief Lockdown Mark Weedon has passed away suddenly.
Weedon, who also represented the provincial Bay of Plenty team and the Wasps club in London, died on Saturday. He was 53 years old.
Bay of Plenty Rugby wrote on its Facebook site that it is with “a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of former Bay of Plenty Steamers captain, Mark Weedon”.
Weedon made his first Super Rugby appearance when he joined the Crusaders shortly after the game turned pro. He played 19 games for the Crusaders in 1996 and 1997 and after a stint with the London Wasps in England he joined the Chiefs in 2002.
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Weedon, who started playing rugby with club Katikati, made his provincial debut for Bay of Plenty in 1986 at the age of 18. He was then captain of the province in 2001 and 2002, before retiring from the game.
In a social media post, Bay of Plenty Rugby noted that Weedon had been heavily involved with the Papamoa Junior rugby club his children played for.
“The club remembered Mark saying he was always the first to help set up the goalposts, get the kids to practice, score the lines, manage, coach, and was the keeper and the head reception during junior registrations.
“We send our love and support to Mark’s wife, Kylie, and sons Rory and Jack. We will miss you Marc. ”
Weedon played for the All Blacks in 1996 before leaving the Crusaders to play for the Wasps. He returned to New Zealand in the early 2000s.
Papamoa rugby club also posted a message on Facebook.
“Mark was an extremely appreciated and valued member of our club, committee and community.
“There are no words to express our grief, and we send so much love and strength to Mark’s Wife and Sons, his family and friends. We will miss you Marc. ”
Papamoa College noted on its Facebook page that Weedon had been a regular respite teacher for two years.
“As a great teacher, Mark has always built great relationships with his students and wanted the best for their learning and for their developmental needs.
“He will be sadly missed by all of us at Papamoa College.”
His funeral will be on Thursday at Te Puke.