The Blues’ SupeRugby preparations took a slight blow when news came through that new signing Ma’a Nonu will not be available for the opening rounds of the tournament. This is not, however, due to any injury concerns, but rather a lucrative Japanese deal.
Nonu opted to spend his free time between the Rugby World Cup and the start of the Super Rugby campaign in Japan, plauing for the Ricoh Black Rams. Blues coach Pat Lam has given the centre the chance to complete the season with the side by missing the preseason preparations as well as missing the opening rounds of the competition.
Nonu will now only be joining his new side in the fifth week of the competition, meaning that his likely first game would be against his old team, the Hurricanes. This is very much dependent on whether the Rams make the play-offs.
Concern is that Nonu would not have had a decent break and by the time the SupeRugby campaign comes to an end, he would have played nearly 20 months of consecutive rugby, and will suffer from sever burn out during the current campaign.
There is no shortage of cover for the big centre though, with Isaia Toeava, Benson Stanley and Michael Hobbs licking their lips in anticipation of some game time before the great Nonu returns.Tweet