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Nonu suspended for one week

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 21 Feb 2011 at 07:58
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Ma’a Nonu has been suspended from rugby for one week following his judicial hearing with SANZAR on Monday. Nonu was sent off in he Hurricanes’ surprise loss on Friday to the Highlanders.

Nonu received two yellow cards on the night, first in the 29th minute for a professional foul, and then for a dangerous tackle on Jimmy Cowan in the 50th minute.

The citing officer, Nigel Hampton, found that Nonu did not use his arms in the tackle and that his first impact was with his shoulder into Cowan’s neck.

Nonu is suspended from playing all rugby up to and including Monday 28 February, meaning he will not play in the Hurricanes home match against the Crusaders this weekend.


  • Other than Jonkers not rooting out negative play on Saturday, this was the other injustice of Round 1. Nonu deserved at least 4 more weeks, if you compare it to the Bakkies and Schalk incidents in the past.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.11 08:13:08 by try time Reply
  • He’s very lucky….he deserved a longer ban.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.11 08:20:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • On Rugbyheaven NZ they mention that Cowan wrote a letter to the judiciary in mitigation of the sentence and that is one of the reasons it was only a 1 week suspension. 🙁

    1st he hollywood’s the injury, then grins about the red and then decides to help the guy out?????

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.11 08:25:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Now that’s a first..

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.11 08:27:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : I was just as shocked. Almost bliksemed off my chair.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.11 08:33:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.11 08:51:56 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 6) : I fail to see how one week can be of any help to the game of rugby…

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.11 09:33:56 by CapeShark Reply
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  • One week is fair – end of story – it was not malicious, just silly. He does miss a game and he is an important player in his set up. You need to suspend players to set the tone that ill-discipline has consequence.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.11 09:44:12 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • Let’s see how many weeks Butch gets when he comes on for the Lions.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.11 10:00:16 by Speed7 Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 8) : “not malicious, just silly’…doesnt count in anyone elses favour…

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.11 11:29:58 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • One week seems fair. It was just a yellow card incident. The first yellow was after a team warning.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.11 11:43:58 by MysticShark Reply
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  • At least Nonu is not going to cost me any points in FL this weekend. -40.5 dammit. 👿

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.11 12:02:20 by MysticShark Reply
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  • That wasn’t a tackle with no arms… That was a bloody stupid shoulder charge.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.11 12:24:19 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 13) : Agree! I suck @ fl an now he cost me 27 pnts- as if I needed that!

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.11 12:39:29 by Ice Reply
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  • This prick should have got 4 weeks

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.02.11 12:41:57 by Ben Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 10) : That I don’t agree with… Bakkies has been on the receiving end of some pretty harsh calls, but that comes with his turf / his brand (so we are talking generally) – other than Bakkies what else comes to mind as unfair / bias? We need to move on… Bakkies last ban was stupid and malicious (although causing more damage to his own face)…

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.02.11 18:35:01 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 15) : For what should he have been banned four weeks for? That was a harmless incident…

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.02.11 18:35:50 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 17) : whatever dude! He’s a dirty player and if he isn’t going to be taught a lesson he’s gonna keep doing it.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.02.11 18:50:21 by Ben Reply
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  • To quote Tana Umaga, its rugby not tiddly winks… If its as bad as that then it doesn’t matter, but if it is obviously malicious or dirty, then sure – a hefty ban can be dished… Whatever dude…

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.02.11 19:19:32 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 19) : So running at full tilt and throwing your shoulder into someone’s head isn’t dirty by your book?

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.02.11 19:39:28 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 20) : look, sure Nonu is a dirty player, I am by no means his advocate. But I think that one week is fair, that was not malicious though… Cowan milked it and he should’ve been banned.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.02.11 20:16:36 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 21) : Okay but just let me ask you question. Let’s say it was the same incident but instead of nonu it was bakkies. How long do you think the ban would have been?

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.02.11 20:21:14 by Ben Reply
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  • Bakkies would obviously be booked a lot more, and I would’ve said that it was not dirty… Bakkies has a black mark in the headmasters book, nothing I can do about that sadly. The judicial system is warped, but from a non bias, non ulterior judgement one week was fair.

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.02.11 20:33:39 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 23) : But you see my point is here that bakkies is a dirty player and so is Nonu so why do they get treat differently? Sorry I know its not your fault.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.02.11 20:38:50 by Ben Reply
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  • i can’t disagree with you there, we both agree the system is flawed. The incident in isolation and the system in isolation… It is frustrating indeed…

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.02.11 20:45:44 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 25) : Yes I agree the incodent wasn’t worthy of more than 1 week but nonu’s reputation warrants a longer ban!

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.02.11 21:03:35 by Ben Reply
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  • never got to see that game but one week really that is nothing 👿

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.02.11 21:20:28 by chaz Reply

  • @try time (Comment 1) :

    I agree…he did not only just shoulder charge…he jumped and hit Cowan on the head…

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.02.11 21:35:04 by Hmmm Reply


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