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Ma'a Nonu

Ma'a Nonu

Ma'a Nonu

New Zealand international Ma'a Nonu has dismissed suggestions he is to join Montpellier - and denied he has been in talks with any French club.

But the All Black inside centre did nothing to dispel the idea he will leave New Zealand after this year's Rugby World Cup. Nonu has yet to commit to the New Zealand Rugby Union beyond his current contract which ends this year and said he was still weighing up his options.

"I don't know who writes these stories because it's all up in the air," he said.

"People do want to know what the players are doing next year. Most of the guys in New Zealand have spent a third of their lives in New Zealand playing rugby. It's important where they want to go.

"You ask any rugby player who is at the crossroads of their career and it's hard. You are comfortable playing for the Canes (Hurricanes) or the Blues and when you sign overseas it is a new challenge."

Nonu said he expected to make a decision within the next couple of months, adding: "It's where you are at in your career, if you've got a family or maybe you are single. It depends on after.

"Maybe you want to sit on the beach in the south of France or you want to play 40-odd games in the UK or go to Japan and eat sushi all day. I've played here for a long time. In the next couple of months I'll think about what I want to do. I'll give you guys [the media] a text when I know!"

What is more certain is that the imposing midfielder will return for the Hurricanes this weekend after recovering from a fractured right eye socket suffered against the Sharks last month.

"I'm pretty pleased to be back. I've got cleared two weeks early, hopefully to play," he said.

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