Blues midfielder Ma’a Nonu has turned back the clock with a vintage performance in a 32-29 win over the Waratahs at Eden Park, further pushing his case forward for an All Black recall.
— Super Rugby (@SuperRugbyNZ) April 6, 2019
Nonu showed he still has the toe in the open field to finish from anywhere when the Blues capitalised on a loose pass from a Waratahs set-piece play. When Ioane delivered the final pass, no one looked like catching Nonu.
Ma Nonu still the best 12 in the world ?#BLUvWAR
— Observer (@rugby_whisperer) April 6, 2019
If he came back to, Ma'a Nonu has to go to the World Cup.
37 in May with key experience and he has still got that world class quality playing like he's 27.
Changed a lot of how the Blues play. One of the best centres to have ever played the game #BLUvWAR
— Tom O'Donoghue (@TNODonoghue) April 6, 2019
— Ricky????? (@galumay) April 6, 2019
— Rugby (@MRrugbyworldcup) April 6, 2019
Nonu and Ashley-Cooper still masters of the midfield. #BLUvWAR
— Geoff Carter (@geoffretrac) April 6, 2019
The impressive performance will do no harm for Nonu’s World Cup push in an already crowded midfield puzzle. There will be no easy decisions for Steve Hansen with Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Ngani Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown already in the mix as well as Blues teammate Sonny Bill Williams.
If Nonu can maintain his level of play, he would bring experience that the others can’t necessarily bring, having been an integral part of two World Cup campaigns and an All Black Centurian.
One aspect in Nonu’s favour was he generally saved his best for the black jersey and was known for performing better at international level. If that still holds true then he could be a heading to his fourth World Cup.
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