Ma’a Nonu agrees deal with Toulon - report

New Zealand veteran will move to France after next year’s World Cup

New Zealand's Ma'a Nonu will join European and French Top 14 champions Toulon after next year's Rugby World Cup, according to a report in today's Midi Olympique.

The 34-year-old All Blacks centre is believed to have agreed a two-year deal with the big-spending French club that will see him leave New Zealand next autumn.

Nonu, who broke his arm in a Rugby Championship match against South Africa in September and missed their end-of-season tour, could be one of a number of high-profile All Black veterans to decamp to Europe next year.

Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Conrad Smith and Nonu are all out of contract at the end of World Cup.


"Most of the guys on that list have been incredibly loyal, long-serving contributors to a pretty successful era of All Black rugby," New Zealand RFU chief executive Steve Tew said recently. " Whatever decision they make next we will respect and celebrate with them.

“Some of them may consider staying; some will retire, some will look at France, Japan or elsewhere.”