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Ma'a Nonu

THE DOMINANT Ma’a Nonu featured in 10 All Blacks Tests last year including six RWC 2011 matches and again impressed with his determined defence and thrilling line breaks.

He took his game to new heights and earned nominations as both an IRB and New Zealand Player of the Year. One of the seasoned campaigners of New Zealand rugby, Nonu is a Super Rugby centurion, made his provincial debut in 2002 and has also turned out for the Junior All Blacks and New Zealand Sevens.

He continued his development into a world class centre in 2010, playing ten tests as well as playing a pivotal role in the All Blacks come from behind win against the Springboks in Soweto.

He played his 100th Super Rugby game in 2011, with another solid season for the Hurricanes.

In 2012, Nonu will play for three-time champions the Blues.

The explosive, some would say flamboyant Nonu has built a reputation as one of the toughest marks in world rugby, able to break the line, off-load the ball and set up or score scintillating tries.

Though he played mostly in the No 13 jersey for the Hurricanes during the Rebel Sport Super 14 in 2006, Nonu is equally comfortable at second five-eighths, where his distribution and kicking skills continue to improve.

He is a powerful runner and has carved himself a niche as a huge impact player for the All Blacks coaching staff.

A good team man, any break from his representative season will see Nonu turn out for his Oriental Rongotai club.

Player
Position:
Second Five-Eighths
Born:
21/05/1982
Physical:
1.82m, 106kg
Test Debut:
14/06/2003 v England at Wellington
Test Points Breakdown:
26t
Test Points:
130
Provincial Team:
Wellington
Provincial Debut:
2002 v Hawkes Bay
Provincial Caps:
54
Provincial Points:
115 (23 t)
Super Rugby Team:
Highlanders
Super Rugby Debut:
2003 v Crusaders
Super Rugby Caps:
110

Career Comments

  • • Captained Wellington through the early rounds of the 2005 Air New Zealand NPC.
    • In 2005, led both the Hurricanes and Wellington with seven tries in each campaign and played every game for both teams.
    • During the 2005 Rebel Sport Super 12, he equalled the Hurricanes record of three tries in a match with his hat-trick against the Brumbies. Scored another hat-trick in Wellington’s NPC match against Northland.
    • Scored two tries in the 2005 All Blacks Trial.
    • Scored a try for the All Blacks against the Barbarians at Twickenham in 2004.
    • His brother Samson Nonu played Air New Zealand NPC Third Division rugby for Buller in 2002.

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

2003
Jun 14 v England at Wellington 13-15
Oct 11 v Italy at Melbourne 70-7 (+)
Oct 17 v Canada at Melbourne 68-6
Oct 24 v Tonga at Brisbane 91-7 (+)

2004
Nov 13 v Italy at Rome 59-10 (+)
Nov 20 v Wales at Cardiff 26-25 (+)
Nov 27 v France at Paris 45-6 (+)

2005
Jul 2 v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 48-18 (+)
Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3 (+)
Nov 12 v Ireland at Dublin 45-7
Nov 26 v Scotland at Edinburgh 29-10 (+)

2006
Jun 10 v Ireland at Hamilton 34-23
Nov 6 v England at London 41-20
Nov 12 v France at Lyon 47-3 (+)
Nov 19 v France at Paris 23-11
Nov 26 v Wales at Cardiff 45-10 (+)

2007
2 Jun v France at Auckland 42-11 (+)
9 Jun v France at Wellington 61-10 (+)

2008
7 June v Ireland at Wellington 21-11
14 June v England at Auckland 37-20
21 June v England at Christchurch 44-12
5 July v South Africa at Wellington 19-8
12 July v South Africa at Dunedin 28-30
26 July v Australia at Sydney 19-34 (-)
2 Aug v Australia at Auckland 39-10
17 Aug v South Africa at Capetown 19-0
3 Sept v Samoa at New Plymouth 101-14
13 Sept v Australia at Brisbane 28-24 (-)
1 Nov v Australia at Hong Kong 19-14 (+)
9 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 32-6
16 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 22-3
23 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 29-9
30 Nov v England at London 32-6

2009
13 June v France at Dunedin 22-27
20 June v France at Wellington 14-10
27 June v Italy at Christchurch 27-6
18 July v Australia at Auckland 22-16
26 July v South Africa at Bloemfontain 19-28
2 Aug v South Africa at Durban 19-31
22 Aug v Australia at Sydney 19-18 (+)
12 Sept v South Africa at Hamilton 29-32
19 Sept v Australia at Wellington 33-6
31 Oct v Australia at Tokyo 32-19
8 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 19-12
22 Nov v England at London 19-6
29 Nov v France at Marseilles 39-12 (-)

2010
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17 (-)
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28 (-)
7 Aug v Australia at Christchurch 20-10
22 Aug v South Africa at Johannesburg 29-22
11 Sept v Australia at Sydney 23-22
30 Oct v Australia at Hong Kong 24-26
07 Nov v England at London 26-16
21 Nov vs Ireland at Dublin 38-18 (-)
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25 (+) 

2011
22 July v Fiji at Dunedin 60-14
30 July v South Africa at Wellington 40-7 (-)
6 Aug v Australia at Auckland 30-14 (-)
27 Aug v Australia at Brisbane 20-25 (-)
9 Sept v Tonga (RWC) at Auckland 41-10
16 Sept v Japan (RWC) at Hamilton 83-7
24 Sep v France (RWC) at Auckland 37-17
10 Oct v Argentina (RWC) at Auckland 33-10
16 Oct v Australia (RWC) at Auckland 20-6 (-)
23 Oct v France (RWC final) at Auckland 8-7 (-)

2012
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 27-19
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 22-0 (-)
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16 (-)
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18 (-)
18 Nov v Italy at Rome 42-10
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10
2 Dec v England at London 21-38

2013
8 June v France at Auckland 23-13
15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0
22 June v France at New Plymouth 24-9 (-)
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29 (-)
24 August v Australia at Wellington 27-16
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15 (-)
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33
10 Oct v France at Paris 26-19
17 Nov v England at London 30-22
25 Nov v Ireland at Dublin 24-22

2014
7 June v England at Auckland 20-15 (-)
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27
16 Aug v Australia at Sydney 12-12 (-)