Former All Blacks centre Ma’a Nonu has re-joined the Blues from Toulon on a 12-month contract for the 2019 Super Rugby season.
Nonu, who has been playing in France for the past three years, will bring his career full circle as he prepares for his third stint with the Blues.
The 36-year-old was part of the 2011 and 2015 All Blacks World Cup-winning sides and has also played for the Hurricanes and Highlanders.
Blues coach Tana Umaga believes Nonu will play a key role at the franchise, adding crucial experience to a youthful Blues backline.
‘Our review showed that our backline, while talented and exciting, lacked an experienced figure on a regular basis in the midfield due to injury.
‘Next season will throw up some other challenges with a new format without the international break. And players in line for the World Cup, like Sonny Bill Williams, will likely be monitored more closely.
‘We think Ma’a can play an important role for us and I am sure he can deliver on the field as well as help guide our young players.’
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