By Lee Stace
LIVID, SHOCKED, outraged.
I bet that’s how many Hurricanes fans are feeling right now after it was revealed that Ma’a Nonu will not be offered a contract by the Wellington-based franchise for next season.
Apparently it was his ill-discipline on the field and attitude at training that has cost him a Super Rugby gig with the 'Canes in 2012.
The discipline thing seems a tad unfair, if you ask me.
The 29-year-old is hardly a thug. Sure, Nonu has been guilty of being a bit reckless at times, but he is not one who actively seeks trouble on the field.
As for his attitude, coach Mark Hammett believes Nonu and fellow teammates Cory Jane and Piri Weepu are a bad influence on the younger players in the squad.
Those three might like to clown around and have the occasional laugh, but it’s just the type of people they are. Perhaps Hammett needs to take a chill pill, lighten up a bit and remember banter is good for team moral.
You also have to remember all three have been All Blacks and good ones at that, too. If there were any issues or concerns about their behaviour in the national team, then the media would’ve heard about it via the rumour mill. Trust me on this one.
No doubt there will be an angry lynch mob of diehard Hurricanes’ fans baying for the blood of Hammett and chief executive James Te Puni at the moment.
I can understand the reasoning behind Andrew Hore’s dismissal, but how the ‘Canes can easily disregard someone of Nonu’s game-breaking ability, class and experience due to the fact he receives the odd yellow card and cracks the occasional joke is beyond me.
It seems certain the Chiefs will be the big benefactors from this poor decision.
What do you think? Have the Hurricanes made a huge mistake by giving Ma'a Nonu the flick for 2012?
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.