Nonu has unfinished business in Super Rugby

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

He's already got two Rugby World Cup medals to his credit and the fact he had been involved in Super Rugby semifinals without ever claiming the goods was a driver for him.

At the same time Nonu said turning out for the Blues was an opportunity to play in New Zealand again after three years with Toulon in France.

"I had a great time in France and I guess I had an opportunity to come and play for the Blues so I took it with both hands really."

He said he had never thought about stopping playing rugby and he was hopeful he could still play at Super Rugby level and that was a challenge he was looking forward to.

He was still learning and had enjoyed the pre-season with the Blues and the coaches he was working with and he still had goals he wanted to achieve.

New coach Leon MacDonald had brought a high standard into the environment and created a culture where 'we train for the best and we expect the best from each other.'

"Hopefully we can play some good rugby this year," he said.

While the Blues had won their two pre-season games against the Chiefs and Hurricanes that didn't really count, he said, because they were coming up against the two-time champions, the Crusaders on Saturday, so it was going to be a really tough game.

Nonu said he was taking one step at a time and while the Rugby World Cup was on the horizon he was concentrating on making the Blues first.

"Hopefully I've still got the wiseness upstairs and the physicality as well to play in Super Rugby because it was really intense. The Top 14 and the Champions Cup is a brutal, brutal competition over in Europe so I learned a few things playing week in, week out. It's a 35-week kind of round so it is a long season," he said.

Nonu said returning to Super Rugby was similar, the intensity of preparation was right up there.

"You can't miss a beat really when running plays or fitness aspects of the game so you've just got to stay up," he said.

Nonu said he was looking forward to playing with Sonny Bill Williams and continuing to learn from him, and also playing with the rest of the side.