Nonu time out





  • Family probably homesick. Some embrace living overseas, others don’t. No big scandal.
    Mate of mine saw the Nonus in Venice a few weeks ago playing happy families



  • If they're heading home I wonder who might sign him - assuming he wanted to be signed? Canes would be the logical ones, but they've got an abundance of backs.



  • Does this make him an outside chance for WC? Or not a show at all.



  • @hooroo Be pretty doubtful - he's just turned 36 - another year he'll be 37 and it's not like we are weak in the midfield.

    On the other hand, I don't watch Euro club footy - maybe he's the same player he was when he left...but, I doubt that. πŸ™‚



  • @chris-b said in Nonu time out:

    @hooroo Be pretty doubtful - he's just turned 36 - another year he'll be 37 and it's not like we are weak in the midfield.

    On the other hand, I don't watch Euro club footy - maybe he's the same player he was when he left...but, I doubt that. πŸ™‚

    Fair Point. The Brad Thorn of Backs!



  • @chris-b said in Nonu time out:

    @hooroo Be pretty doubtful - he's just turned 36 - another year he'll be 37 and it's not like we are weak in the midfield.

    On the other hand, I don't watch Euro club footy - maybe he's the same player he was when he left...but, I doubt that. πŸ™‚

    still makes him better and more durable than Ryan Crotty



  • Just gonna drop in and say he was immense for us in knockout games at the last two world cups. An amazing player in Black (who screwed over teams at SUper level)



  • @nzzp said in Nonu time out:

    Just gonna drop in and say he was immense for us in knockout games at the last two world cups. An amazing player in Black (who screwed over teams at SUper level)

    Super Rugby meh.

    NZs best ever 12.



  • @mn5 said in Nonu time out:

    @nzzp said in Nonu time out:

    Just gonna drop in and say he was immense for us in knockout games at the last two world cups. An amazing player in Black (who screwed over teams at SUper level)

    Super Rugby meh.

    NZs best ever 12.

    He only really had two 'screwed over teams at SUper level' - one year for the Blues (I think most Blues fans felt he was good in one of his two Blues stints) and the Highlanders. He put in great service for the Canes for 10 years, he was even playing great the year that the Hammettuer went to war with him.



  • @mariner4life said in Nonu time out:

    @chris-b said in Nonu time out:

    @hooroo Be pretty doubtful - he's just turned 36 - another year he'll be 37 and it's not like we are weak in the midfield.

    On the other hand, I don't watch Euro club footy - maybe he's the same player he was when he left...but, I doubt that. πŸ™‚

    still makes him better and more durable than Ryan Crotty

    Jeez mate! I had to log onto stuff.co.nz to find out what the outcry was from down south! Thought there had been another earthquake!



  • @nepia There's also the factor of leaving the Blues high and dry - agreeing to return for a second season at the Blues and then bailing at the last minute.



  • @kiwimurph Yeah, that was the one Blues I mentioned. πŸ˜‰



  • @nepia

    But those two different things -

    In 2012 he played for the Blues the first time around and was poor (one of his two stints).

    Then in 2014 he played well but at the end of 2014 agreed to stay with the Blues before bailing at the last minute.



  • @kiwimurph said in Nonu time out:

    @nepia

    But those two different things -

    In 2012 he played for the Blues the first time around and was poor (one of his two stints).

    Then in 2014 he played well but at the end of 2014 agreed to stay with the Blues before bailing at the last minute.

    Pffft, who can remember the specific goings on at the Blues?



  • He should never have been playing for the Blues or the Landers. He was the GOAT so long as the colour on his jersey was black, yellow or both. We miss him the same way we miss McCaw despite Cane being the fucking man.



  • @no-quarter said in Nonu time out:

    He should never have been playing for the Blues or the Landers. He was the GOAT so long as the colour on his jersey was black, yellow or both. We miss him the same way we miss McCaw despite Cane being the fucking man.

    I don't disagree!

    He went from one of my hatiest players to one of my favourites. Never been a better centre pairing



  • @hooroo yeah. Observing him was/is a great reminder that players can improve out of sight and that girth increasing middle aged men watching rugby on a couch probably know fuck all πŸ˜€



  • @siam said in Nonu time out:

    @hooroo yeah. Observing him was/is a great reminder that players can improve out of sight and that girth increasing middle aged men watching rugby on a couch probably know fuck all πŸ˜€

    Too right. In saying that I do enjoy being wrong especially being so wrong about Nonu



  • @siam said in Nonu time out:

    @hooroo yeah. Observing him was/is a great reminder that players can improve out of sight and that girth increasing middle aged men watching rugby on a couch probably know fuck all πŸ˜€

    Are you saying those 'ad's' I saw online actually do work to improve my girth??



  • In the past week he was at the Monaco Grand Prix and hanging out with Tom Brady in Paris - if this has been in the works for a while I can't imagine it is anything too bad.

    Would love to see him come back and have a crack at RWC next year.



  • Nah he'll do Japan for dosh and chill time



  • Maybe his heart isn’t into it. I always thought Ma’a was a very good Hurricane, but he was a much-better AB. And I thought that long before I saw the team profile on CBS’ 60 Minutes, where Nonu told Bob Simon that putting on the black jersey made him feel like a Super Hero. He did seem to grow an extra leg and wear a cape when he was in black. Japan would offer more money, but I doubt we’ll ever see him as motivated playing for any team other then the ABs.


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