Sport

Nonu ready for Blues future

Ma'a Nonu is heading to Auckland.
Ma'a Nonu is heading to Auckland. Sarah Ivey

MARQUEE Blues signing Ma'a Nonu is heading to his new franchise after finishing his Japanese contract.

His Ricoh Black Rams side have been eliminated from the playoffs and Nonu is expected in Auckland late this week, perhaps in time to watch the Blues host the Crusaders in the opening round of the Super 15.

>> Latest sport news

"We will get our medical people to do an assessment on Ma'a and watch how he goes," coach Pat Lam said.

"He'll come here and get set up in Auckland and back into the swing of things.

"We'd like to think that all being well, Ma'a will be ready to travel with us for the games in Africa. That will give him some good time to learn our systems, get into our environment and and get involved."

The Blues play the Chiefs in the second round before games against the Bulls and Stormers in South Africa, then a quick turnaround and homecoming March 23 match against Nonu's former team, the Hurricanes.

Nonu played 110 games for the Hurricanes but a tempestuous initial season under new coach Mark Hammett saw him and Piri Weepu head to the Blues.

The Blues and Crusaders will reveal their opening selections tomorrow.

"There is a bit of an edge around this time of the season and certainly for a game of this magnitude," Lam said. "It has been their longest break for a lot of them, a number have been away from rugby for months and now it is the real deal so there is some excitement and edge about this week."

Topics:  auckland blues super 15


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Costigan rejects speculation of disloyalty

ON SIDE: Jason Costigan says he will remain with the LNP.

Whitsunday MP professes his loyalty for the region.

Car park proposal for former shopping centre site

The current state of the space where the fire ripped through the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.

The Whitsunday Shopping Centre is ready for next step.

Post-work drink ends in big fine

The Proserpine Court House

Three Bloody Marys was a bloody bad idea for Aleesia Thompson.

Local Partners

Criticism of deck 'jumped the gun'

AN APPLICATION process for a deck to be built along the Heart Hotel building has caught the attention of a vocal Whitsunday resident.

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

The surprising problem police face at Woodford Folk Festival

STREET SCENE: Woodford Folk Festival 2016.

The biggest issue for police at Woodfordia is not what you'd expect

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Dinky-di Denyer: Family Feud favourite hosts Oz Day party

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

GRANT Denyer shares his Australia Day traditions ahead of concert.

Chelsea Handler blames the Kardashians for Donald Trump win

Chelsea Handler pictured in a scene from her talk show in Los Angeles.

TALK show host blames rise of reality TV family for election result.

Law & Order’s Trump inspired episode is still in limbo

The cast of Law & Order: SVU season 18, from left, Kelli Giddish, Raul Esparza, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scanavino. Supplied by Channel 10.

SHOW'S mastermind unsure if or when twice-delayed episode will air.

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!