Nonu available to face Argentina

Date published: August 31 2014

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All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu has been passed fit to face Argentina next weekend in the latest round of the Rugby Championship.

All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu has been passed fit to face Argentina next weekend in the latest round of the Rugby Championship.

Nonu was absent from New Zealand's 51-20 mauling of Australia two weeks ago at Eden Park.

The Hurricanes midfielder picked up a shoulder injury in the 12-12 draw with the Wallabies the week previously, but his return to full health is important.

Ryan Crotty, Nonu's replacement in Auckland, has been ruled out for four weeks with a facial fracture, meaning Nonu could come straight back in.

“We're sure [he's fit], but we're waiting to see because there is a whole week of training to go yet,” said Hansen.

“At this stage we expect him to be available, but we don't know the team until Thursday.”

Hansen could have been forgiven for being confident after his side's showing against Australia, but the All Blacks head coach said that New Zealand's history with los Pumas was irrelevant based on Argentina's performances so far against South Africa.

“You could easily dismiss them because of what's happened in the past, but anyone who is watching them will certainly respect them.”

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