The great Ma’a Nonu of the All Blacks returns to Toulon to compete in the French Top 14 championship at the age of 38.
The two-time World Cup winner has been called back to the club as a ‘medical wildcard’ to help cover his midfielder’s injuries.
A press release from Toulon indicates: “In order to compensate for the injuries of Anthony Belleau and Julien Hériteau, the sports team and the president Bernard Lemaitre have contacted the New Zealand center.
“After three seasons spent in Toulon between 2015 and 2018, the All-Black with 104 selections registered as an additional player, to bring all his experience to the red & black three-quarter line.
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“Ma’a Nonu will arrive in Toulon in the coming days and will participate in the training of the previous medical examination.
“The Rugby Club Toulonnais is delighted with Ma’a Nonu’s return to Toulon and hopes to share with him a very good 2020-2021 season.”
Nonu joined the ambitious club from the south of France after the 2015 World Cup.
It took a while to settle into the French style of play, but eventually blossomed.
Nonu played 77 times for Toulon, scoring 14 tries, before returning to New Zealand at the end of the 2017/18 Top 14 season. He made two Top 14 finals – in 2016 and 2017 – but lost both.
He saw more Super Rugby action with the Blues upon his return to New Zealand and this year he coached the Wellington club scene after a brief stint with the San Diego Legion in Major League Rugby in the States. -United.