All Blacks dealt Nonu blow

Ma a NonuNew Zealand (11/8 to win the World Cup in 2015) boss Steve Hansen has been dealt a blow with the news that centre Ma’a Nonu will miss the rest of the season with a broken arm.

The 32-year-old suffered the injury in Saturday’s 14-10 victory over South Africa (7/2 to win the World Cup). Nonu injured his arm in the first half of the Test in Wellington but he did manage to play on until half-time.

He failed to return after half-time but the All Blacks picked up the victory after Richie McCaw scored in the corner following some great build-up play from Aaron Cruden and Kieran Read.

As a result of his injury, Nonu will now miss the remainder of the Rugby Championship, with matches against Argentina and South Africa still to come. He will also miss the November tour to the United States and Britain.

Both Malakai Fekitoa and Ryan Crotty could replace him and Hansen has confirmed that Nonu has already had surgery.

He said: “Ma’a has just come out of having an operation on his arm. It’s broken.

“He’s got a plate in it. That will be his season and he will be back for the Hurricanes (in Super Rugby next year).”

Ben Smith replaced Nonu at half-time and he insists he is gutted for his team-mate.

“He said to me immediately after it happened he thought he’d broken his forearm,” he said. “I was probably aware of our shortage on the bench and said ‘you’ll be right’.

“It was pretty obvious from then on. I thought it was longer than 10 minutes (that Nonu played with the injury). You can tell when you’ve played with someone quite a lot when they’re not quite right. I wasn’t surprised at half-time when the doctor had a look at it and took him off.”

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