Nonu: Home comforts can help England

Date published: September 15 2015

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New Zealand centre Ma'a Nonu believes that home advantage could play a big factor in England's bid to win the Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks sealed a second World Cup title four years ago in New Zealand by defeating France at Eden Park in the final.

“It was good to play at home [in New Zealand at RWC 2011]. It was special playing in front of families and our fans," said Nonu.

"You get lifted when you go to home parks and see your family in the stands. It’s in England now, so we’re a long, long way from home.”

Nonu is set to join Toulon after the World Cup is over and admits that he is trying to think about the fact that this will be his final tournament for New Zealand.

“I don’t really think about it. Injuries can come and you never know whether it could be your last game," he stated.

"Every time I’m in an All Blacks environment, I always relish the chance to play. In terms of the swansong, I don’t really think about it."

New Zealand start their campaign against Argentina on Sunday, who they defeated comfortably 39-18 in Christchurch earlier this year.

“I think it was a good team. They put up a fight in Christchurch. They had a good defensive line. They can roll anyone, especially at World Cups. Juan Martín Hernández (who did not play in Christchurch) is a great player.

"All over the park, they’re good. Especially their backs are pretty elusive."

 

 

 

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