Super Rugby

Tana Umaga hails Ma'a Nonu return

Ma'a Nonu (Getty)
Ma'a Nonu (Getty)

Cape Town - Blues coach Tana Umaga has hailed the return of Ma'a Nonu to the Super Rugby franchise after naming his squad for the season on Wednesday. 

READ: NZ name 2019 Super Rugby squads

Nonu rejoins the Auckland-based franchise at the tender age of 36, having previously had two separate stints at the club in 2012 and 2014. 

And Umaga believes the World-Cup winning ex-All Black will add vital experience and ambition to a side that have struggled in recent years. 

"We're a better side when we have experience on the field," Umaga told Blues TV. 

"With Ma'a coming on board, he's determined to do well. 

"He wants to win titles, and that's exactly what we're trying to chase." 

Meanwhile, Umaga admitted he is licking his lips at the prospect of pairing up Nonu and Sonny Bill Williams in midfield. 

"We'll have to use them well," Umaga said. 

"They can play together... that's exciting."

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