25 Nov 2009

Nonu fails to finish All Black training

5:52 am on 25 November 2009

Centre Ma'a Nonu failed to finish All Black training today but he's expected to be available for selection for Sunday morning's test against France In Marseille.

Nonu is still suffering from a bruised thigh and the coaching staff felt he should be rested from part of today's training... assistant coach Wayne Smith says it was a precautionary measure and he should be okay for selection.

There are likely to be a couple of changes when the team is named tomorrow morning with the likes of prop Neemia Tialata and wing Cory Jane expected to return while there could be a change in the looseforwards as well.

Smith says this match against France, who are the top side in Europe at the moment, will likely define their year and they want a good result to set them up for the off-season and 2010.