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Nonu could be on his way back to the Blues

Ma'a Nonu looks set to play Super Rugby for the Blues in 2014

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Article Published: Friday 18 October 2013|

All Black Ma'a Nonu appears to be on his way back to Auckland to play Super Rugby for the Blues as coach John Kirwan says he wants the centre back.

Super Rugby champions the Chiefs have now completed their squad for the 2014 Super Rugby season by signing former All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina and Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean.

Blues coach John Kirwan had previously shown no interest in Nonu after saying he was disappointed at the way he reneged on a handshake agreement and moved to the Highlanders this year.

But with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) keen to avoid his moving to France, where he is wanted by Clermont, Kirwan said Friday he and Nonu had buried the hatchet.

The Blues have one spot to fill in their squad, and after saying a year ago he "felt let down" by the way Nonu walked out on the team, Kirwan told Radio Sport he now wanted him back.

"We go way back. I like the man. I think that, as you can see by his form in the All Blacks, I think that to have him in the side would be a real asset."

Although the blockbusting centre regularly performs at his peak for the All Blacks, he has failed to shine at Super Rugby level.

He left the Hurricanes at the end of 2011 when told he did not fit their plans, walked out on the Blues last year and refused a contract extension with the Highlanders this season.

Neither Nonu nor the NZRU have commented on the Blues overture, but if if he moved to France it would create selection issues because of a policy limiting All Blacks selection to New Zealand-based players.

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