ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Wednesday Feb 13, 2019

Ma'a Nonu is back and fans are already talking about him returning for the All Blacks

All Blacks fans have weighed in on Twitter after two-time World Cup winner Ma’a Nonu said that he has not ruled out returning to play in his fourth World Cup later this year.

ADVERTISEMENT

The 103-cap centre said that the prospect of the World Cup is ‘on everyone’s minds’ ahead of the Blues’ opening Super Rugby fixture against the champions the Crusaders this weekend, but has said that he is primarily focused on his club for now.

Nonu is starting his third stint with the Blues and is hunting an elusive Super Rugby title. He will be 37 by the time the World Cup comes around, but that does not deter many of the fans of hoping he makes a return.

Of course, a lot of the supporters say this would only be dependent on whether he can replicate the form he showed prior to his exit from New Zealand rugby in 2015 after his second World Cup triumph. He spent the intervening time in Toulon in the Top 14, and while he was not necessarily poor, he did not quite live up to the standards that were hoped from him.

That is why some fans feel that the centre is past it now, and does not stand a chance of making the All Blacks. This is understandable, as Steve Hansen has a wealth of talent in the centres to choose from, including Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty, Anton Lienert-Brown and Jack Goodhue.

Nonu needs to focus on making the Blues team first before he thinks of anything else, and there is stiff competition there. But some do concede that Nonu can provide injury cover and experience to the All Blacks in Japan later this year.

In fact, some fans were even calling for Nonu’s return to the All Blacks before the player himself had even admitted that he was thinking about it. Then again, after all that he has done at Test level, it is no surprise that people think he can do it again.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 46 WEEKS AGO

    North vs South should be a permanent fixture...

  • 46 WEEKS AGO

    Barrett could easily end up on All Blacks...

  • 48 WEEKS AGO

    Future All Blacks? Here are the standout...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    No other player has mastered intercepts like Bryan Habana could

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: French flair lights up Brisbane with EPIC coast-to-coast try

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Watch how Marcus Smith lit up Twickenham on England debut vs USA

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Extended highlights show why Josh Adams could be a Lions Test starter

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Aphelele Fassi: The debut Springbok that could change Warren Gatland's Lions selection

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Lewis Ludlow received a four match ban for this knee to the face

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Controversial Marika Koroibete red card not upheld

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Wallabies will contest controversial red card after French player 'milked it'

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Wallabies fans raging after questionable early red card for Marika Koroibete

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Sharks scrum half suspended after that silly elbow against the British & Irish Lions

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Awesome Daly kicking montage shows just how deadly his left boot really is

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Players channel inner Lebron with incredible 'basketball' passes

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Damian McKenzie's outstanding try-saving tackle

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: TEN TRIES between 3 hookers in one weekend

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The moment Marcus Smith found out about his Lions call up

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    New compilation of rare Nigel Owens footage is comedy gold

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    The moment Ellis Genge soaks Ugo Monye live on TV is simply priceless

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Inside the Quins changing rooms after winning AWESOME Prem final

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    'I don't know what I'm saying!', Joe Marler's brilliant interview after EPIC Prem win

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Joe Marler elated in special interview as fans return to The Stoop

View All

Amateur

  • 38 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 22 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 28 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 34 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

View All