Nonu running out of playing options in NZ

All Blacks and Highlanders midfielder Ma’a Nonu is running out of places to play Super Rugby next year and the only likely franchise appears to be the Hurricanes.

In 2011 Nonu was told he would not be needed by the Hurricanes franchise so he moved to Auckland and played for the Blues for one season.

This year he played for the Highlanders in Dunedin but he missed their final regular season match as he was suspended following a red card.

None of the New Zealand Rugby franchises have shown much interest in the All Black and his contract expires at the end of the year.

If Nonu wants to remain an All Black he will need a Super Rugby contract.

The Chiefs have said that they have no space for Nonu and the Highlanders offered him a contract but he failed to sign it suggesting that he wants to move on.

Crusaders backs coach Tabai Matson says that they have not even spoken about Nonu and the Blues says that they can’t fit him in.

That only leaves the Hurricanes and the New Zealand Rugby Union may be forced to lean on them if they want him to remain an All Black.

While Nonu does not appear to be on any shopping lists in New Zealand it is unlikely that he will struggle to get a contract offshore.

“Ma’a isn’t off contract until the end of the year and he still has a fair amount of rugby with us this year with Rugby Championship and end of year tour,” NZRU rugby operations manager Neil Sorensen said in a short statement about Nonu.

“He is obviously weighing up the options that he has and we continue to talk to him about those as we see him as critical to the continued success of the All Blacks.”

Nonu has often spoken about his desire to play for the Hurricanes again but it was current coach Mark Hammett that rejected him partly due to his disruptive influence.

Hammett has spent the last two seasons building a tight knit, unified and settled group and the question is whether Nonu can fit into the new team dynamic.

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