Massive Boost For Major League Rugby As All Blacks Superstar Signs For San Diego Legion

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Legendary former All Blacks centre Ma’a Nonu will ply his trade in America’s Major League Rugby (MLR) competition next season after signing a surprise deal with San Diego Legion.

Nonu returned to New Zealand to play for the Blues last year after three seasons with French club Toulon but was unable to force his way back into the All Blacks set-up ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

The 37-year-old will join the likes of Mathieu Bastareaud and Ben Foden in the USA next year and will be a massive boost not just to his new club but the competition itself also.

“Ma’a is a huge addition for us. It is undeniable that he will have a major impact on the MLR this season,” San Diego coach Rob Hoadley said.

“He is a world-class player who has proven himself to be one of the greats of the game. His talent and leadership will be a perfect addition to the San Diego Legion organisation.”

Nonu said he’s looking for to the challenge.

“I’m really grateful to be joining the San Diego Legion and to play in the MLR for the 2020 season,” Nonu said.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of the new season ahead with the team. My family and I are excited about the move to San Diego.”