Hansen frustrated by Nonu limbo
All Black coach Steve Hansen has admitted that Ma’a Nonu’s possible isolation from New Zealand’s Super Rugby franchises is disappointing.
Despite holding a contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union and being a likely starter in the upcoming Rugby Championship internationals, Nonu’s future at Super Rugby level is unclear.
The centre appears set to leave the Highlanders after just one season and the Blues, Chiefs and Crusaders have all ruled out signing the 31-year-old.
That leaves the Hurricanes, who Nonu parted ways with two years ago, as his only remaining option. While ‘Canes coach Mark Hammett said that Nonu was a topic that the franchise would be discussing, the Wellington outfit don’t appear overly eager to re-sign the player.
Hansen concedes that the situation is far from ideal and is one that displeases him.
''It's disappointing that probably the best second five-eighth in world rugby at the moment can't get a home in a New Zealand franchise,'' Hansen is quoted as saying by Fairfax NZ News. ''I don't have much more to say than that really.''
Nonu suffered an ankle injury during a club match on Saturday, but it’s not one that Hansen expects will sideline the midfielder for too long.
''He's only had a minor tweak to the ankle. I'm sure he'll be fine by the time we get ready to rumble, but I'd say he'd probably not be playing [club rugby] this weekend,” he explained.