Before they were famous: Piri Weepu as a traffic patrol lollipop boy in 1994 video

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Before Piri Weepu was directing traffic on the rugby field, he was actually directing traffic.

Here's a cute little road safety lollipop boy who went on to become one of our favourite stars of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

This show was possibly the most controversial edition of the long-running Heartland documentary series.

Host Gary McCormick visited the sometimes maligned working class suburb of Wainuiomata, and hit sports fields, local homes and Tupperware parties.

Piri Weepu, before he was famous.
NZ ON SCREEN

Piri Weepu, before he was famous.

He met everyone from cheerful league coaches and builders remembering the challenges of getting supplies up the Wainui hill, to the woman who made this episode famous - Chloe Reeves, with her squeaky voice, distinctive fashion sense and tiger slippers.

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But it isn't Chloe of Wainuiomata who is today's Before They Were Famous star - it's the little boy holding a school road safety lollipop at 6'40" into part two.

Yes, that's right, that familiar smiling face is future All Black Piri Weepu.

Sorting everyone out since 1994.

- NZ ON SCREEN

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