22 Oct 2013

Nonu's Super Rugby future finally resolved

12:45 pm on 22 October 2013

The All Blacks second five Ma'a Nonu has finally found a home for next year's Super 14 rugby competition, with confirmation he's returning to the Blues.

The 31-year-old Nonu, had been struggling to find a franchise for 2014 having left the Highlanders without another option.

He's now signed a two year deal with the Blues.

Nonu went to the Highlanders this year having initially indicated to Blues coach Sir John Kirwan that he'd be returning to the Auckland based franchise for the 2013 season.

At one stage it seemed he'd have to head overseas with no Super rugby franchise seemingly interested in signing him.

He was dropped by the Hurricanes in 2011 having spent nine seasons with the side and intially Kirwan wasn't interested in having him back while neither the Hurricanes or Highlanders were interested either.

Nonu indicated he had options to play overseas but says his preference was to remain in New Zealand.

He says he's thankful the Blues and New Zealand Rugby have given him the chance to re-sign for two more years.

The chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Steve Tew says they're pleased the issue of Nonu's future has been resolved as he's an important part of the game in New Zealand.