All Blacks centre Ma’a Nonu has confirmed his return to the Hurricanes ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season.
Despite having a good season for the Blues this year, Nonu has opted out of a second year with the Blues in order to make a return to the Hurricanes whom he left in 2011.
The departure of coach Mark Hammett, who forced him out of the club three years ago, has opened up the possibility of Nonu returning to the Hurricanes.
Further to this, a return to the Blues for the 91 times capped All Black will allow him to be closer to his family once again.
“I’m very happy to be heading home to the family again and am looking forward to the challenge ahead in 2015,” he said.
Incoming Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said he was looking forward to working with the 32-year old again.
“I coached Ma’a for the first time back in the early 2000s in the Wellington B team, so we have a long history together as a player and coach,” Boyd said.
“I’m really looking forward to having him back in the environment.”
Hurricanes skipper Conrad Smith is believed to be delighted to reinstate his All Blacks partnership with Nonu at club level.
“Bringing a player that influential back into the team we have to make sure the whole team is happy with it,” he said.
“He’s a good mate of mine and I’ve played a lot of rugby with him. It will be good for the team but it has to be managed right.”
“Hopefully he sees how much it has changed when he’s back as well. But I think Ma’a has changed a fair bit in that time too.”