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No break for Nonu as Japan sojourn winds to a close

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James Mortimer     27 Jan 2012     Getty Images

Currently playing for the Ricoh Black Rams, Nonu has been an inspirational part of the team on and off the field, scoring a try recently when his team defeated Kobe Steelers 31-27, while he has been part of marketing campaigns for Japanese rugby.

While the Rams themselves may not be pushing for the Japanese title, they have certainly been a transformed team since Nonu’s arrival, with their last match being a team record 68-21 smashing of the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.

Nonu certainly did not arrive in Japan for a holiday.

Indeed, he is the only World Cup winning All Black or player not still based in the Southern Hemisphere who hasn’t had a break, so this potentially will be a double edged sword when he return to New Zealand.

By the time rugby wraps up in 2012, Nonu would have been playing non-stop for nearly 19 months.

This however continues the proud tradition of players such as Nonu, and old team-mates Jerry Collins and Rodney So'oialo, who would reportedly sneak out against coaches instructions to get themselves a game of rugby - with Nonu still turning out for his Rongotai club when he gets the rare chance.

Blues coach Pat Lam is expecting Nonu back for the team’s second pre-season match against the Rebels, but ‘worst case’ scenario is still a good one for fans of the dreadlocked menace, as he will play against the Chiefs in round two of Investec Super Rugby in Hamilton.

Nonu signed for the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the Blues after shifting away from the Hurricanes, and will start the campaign as a rare playing centurion, having notched 110 Super Rugby caps for the Wellington based franchise.