Boyd thrilled with Nonu’s attitude

Date published: October 29 2014

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Set to field a star-studded backline in 2015, new Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has plenty to address before the season starts.

Set to field a star-studded backline in 2015, new Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has plenty to address before the season starts.

The easy matter is Ma’a Nonu, who on returning to Wellington in Super Rugby for the first time since 2011 can be best described as pumped up.

“I had another meeting with Ma’a in the last couple of days and he’s been awesome. He’s really looking forward to rolling his sleeves up and playing,” Boyd told The Dominion Post.

“He’s absolutely 100 percent [committed to winning for his hometown team]. He’s ringing me up, telling me things that we need to do.

“He’s injured, recovering but he’s picking up the phone saying ‘we need to make sure we do this, this and this’ so he’s proactive and keen. Definitely.”

Nonu will miss the November Tests through injury, which at least resolves on issue for Boyd. One of the main dilemmas at present is managing when to rest his leading All Blacks stars who will travel first to the United States and then to Europe next month.

Being blessed with the likes of Beauden Barrett, Conrad Smith and Julian Savea comes at a price, with their fitness being essential ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

“There are a couple of highly-raced players who are doing commercial windows in December, so their [end-of-season] breaks go a little bit longer. In fact Julian [Savea], Beauden [Barrett] and Conrad Smith technically would be required to miss round one, plus two games,” added Boyd.

“But because of the logistics of us going to Africa, potentially, if they play in Round One then I have to find an extra week [off] for them somewhere else.”

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