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Blues rule out bid for Nonu but want Barrett

It looks like Ma'a Nonu won't be playing for the Blues in 2014

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Article Published: Tuesday 16 July 2013|

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has ruled out signing All Black mid-fielder Ma'a Nonu from the Highlanders but is interested in signing Beauden Barrett.

Nonu has played Super Rugby for the Hurricanes, Blues and most recently the Highlanders where he had a disappointing season which ended with a ban.

Nonu is considering his options for next year's Super Rugby season and Kirwan believes that he may return to the Hurricanes for the 2014 season.

"I don't think Ma'a wants to come back to the Blues. Hurricanes would be where he would want to be," said Kirwan.

"I don't think there's a spot here in those positions," told told One News.

Kirwan is pretty happy with the players he has in his backs and sayd that it will be a "special" backline in the future.

"We're pretty strong. We've got a young backline that's going to be very special in Francis Saili, Charles Piutau and Frank Halai."

Hurricanes playmaker Beauden Barrett is much more on Kirwan's radar even though the Blues have been linked with Benji Marshall's signature.

"It's no secret Beauden Barrett is on the market but I'm sure I'm not the only person talking to him," Kirwan pointed out.

It is believed that the Hurricanes are keen on retaining him while the Highlanders are said to be interested.

The Blues are the favourites to sign former New Zealand Rugby League captain Benji Marshall but there has also been interest in Sydney from the Waratahs.

"I've spoken to him. He's a guy who is excited about the next stage of his professional career," Kirwan said.

"It didn't get down to whether we were a part of his mix.

"What I got out of the conversation was he was genuinely thinking about changes in his life.

"I've spoken to his manager and we're part of what he is thinking moving forward. We're in the mix I'm sure.

"He'll be assessing what's on the table and I'm sure the Blues aren't the only people talking to him," he added.

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