Brad McCormick Weber, born on 17 January 1991, is a talented New Zealand rugby union player who currently serves as a halfback for Hawke's Bay in the National Provincial Championship and the Chiefs in Super Rugby.
Brad Weber grew up in a rugby-loving family, being the brother of Napier Marist player Sam Weber and the son of Neil Weber. He attended St Patrick's School in Napier before continuing his secondary education at Napier Boys' High School. During his junior rugby days, he played for Napier Old Boys' Marist and was selected for the Napier Ross Shield team in 2003.
Weber's rugby journey took off when he won the Junior World Championship with the New Zealand U20s in 2011. While pursuing an applied science degree at Otago University, he began his senior rugby career with the Otago Razorbacks. However, he faced difficulties in 2013, leading him to shift his focus back to school.
His dedication paid off, as he caught the attention of the Chiefs and was included in their wider training group. In 2014, he was named the captain of the Waikato ITM Cup squad and later served as co-captain with Whetu Douglas in the 2015 ITM Cup season. The following year, he made a move to Hawke's Bay for the Mitre 10 Cup.
Weber made his debut for the Chiefs against the Crusaders in 2014 and impressed with his performances, earning a call-up to the New Zealand national team. He made his international debut against Samoa in Apia in 2015 but faced challenges in securing a regular place in the team due to injuries and tough competition for the All Blacks' number 9 jersey.
Despite the setbacks, Weber remained a key figure in the Chiefs' lineup, particularly shining in their victory over Wales. In August 2017, he signed a new three-year contract with the Chiefs, committing to the team until 2020. Unfortunately, his on-field aspirations suffered a setback when he fractured his femur during the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens final in 2017. However, he bounced back during the Mitre 10 Cup season and was selected for the Maori All Blacks squad.
Weber continued to impress in Super Rugby, showcasing his skill and leadership by captaining the Chiefs in the absence of Sam Cane and Brodie Retallick. His consistent form led to his inclusion in the 2019 All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad.
By the end of 2020, Weber had earned seven test caps for the All Blacks while also remaining an integral part of the Chiefs' squad. He signed a new contract with the Chiefs for the 2021 season, demonstrating his commitment to the team. In August 2021, he further solidified his dedication by recommitting to New Zealand Rugby and the Chiefs, extending his contract until the end of 2023.
|2016 - present
|All Black XV
|2022 - present
|2023 - present
|2013 - 2016
|Maori All Blacks
|2015 - 2023
|2020 - 2023
|2015 - 2023
|2014 - 2023