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Nonu could play in Super Rugby Rd.1 for Blues

Article Published: Monday 20 February 2012

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The Blues new signing for the 2012 Super Rugby season Ma'a Nonu has completed his contract obligations in Japan and is headed back to New Zealand.

Nonu played for the Ricoh Black Rams and they were eliminated from the playoffs so Nonu is expected back in Auckland later this week.

At a push Nonu could feature in the Blues opening match against the Crusaders most likely off the bench.

"We will get our medical people to do an assessment on Ma'a and watch how he goes," coach Pat Lam told the NZHerald.

"He'll come here and get set up in Auckland and back into the swing of things.

"We'd like to think that all being well, Ma'a will be ready to travel with us for the games in Africa. That will give him some good time to learn our systems, get into our environment and and get involved."

It is however more likely that Nonu will play in the Blues second round clash against the Chiefs and then against the Bulls and Stormers in South Africa.

By the time the Blues play the Nonu's old team the Hurricanes on March the 23rd he should be at home in the Blues backline.

Nonu moved to the Blues with fellow former Hurricane Piri Weepu after a difficult first season under the then new coach Mark Hammett.

The Blues and Crusaders are expected to name their their first round selections tomorrow.

"There is a bit of an edge around this time of the season and certainly for a game of this magnitude," Lam said.

"It has been their longest break for a lot of them, a number have been away from rugby for months and now it is the real deal so there is some excitement and edge about this week."

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