New Zealand Rugby still working on a solution for Nonu

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Nonu will not return to the Highlanders, where he played during the 2013 season which saw the Chiefs claim their second title, and at this stage it cannot be revealed whether he will join another New Zealand franchise.

Media focus has been intense on the subject - speculating on everything from a return to the Hurricanes, an informal offer from Jean de Villiers to play to the Stormers, reports in France that he will sign with Top 14 club Clermont, through to New Zealand Rugby bending the rules for what has become a unique case.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Officer Steve Tew made it clear that whatever the eventual solution, how All Blacks are selected will not alter.

“Our policy hasn’t changed,” Tew explained.

“Within the framework of that policy you’ve got to be in New Zealand to be an All Black, (so in that regard) we’ll treat Ma’a like everybody else.

“There will not be a change to our policy about picking players off shore.”

As Nonu and the governing body are currently working through details, Tew said, as per policy not to publically comment on details regarding player negotiations, that information regarding the Wellington born centre will be revealed once finalised.

“As soon as we’ve got an answer we will share it,” Tew said.

“It will depend entirely on what he decides to do.

“We’ve made it very clear our strong desire is to keep Ma’a playing rugby in New Zealand for as long as possible, and that is what we’re working towards.

“But until we’ve got a resolution with Ma’a I can’t add any comment.”