San Diego Legion announce re-signing of All Blacks legend Ma'a Nonu

Ma'a Nonu joined San Diego Legion in 2020
Ma'a Nonu joined San Diego Legion in 2020

San Diego Legion announced the re-signing of All Blacks legend Ma'a Nonu ahead of the 2024 season.

The 41-year-old made his debut with San Diego Legion in 2020 and was a key member of the 2023 squad that reached the final of the season before they were edged out 24-25 by England Free Jacks.

San Diego Legion’s coach and director of rugby Danny Lee confirmed the news on Nonu remaining with the club for the 2024 season.

“‘The Legend’ is back for another year. We are thrilled to have Ma’a back for the 2024 MLR season after an outstanding 2023,” said Lee.

“Ma’a had a major influence on our team last season on and off the field and was a major factor in us having a very successful season, playing in the MLR final and us breaking Club and League records along the way.”

The 6ft centre has played 103 Tests for New Zealand and is among the 20 players to have won dual World Cups when the All Blacks won the titles in the 2011 and 2015 editions. He has featured for Wellington, Hurricanes, Ricoh Black Rams, Blues, Highlanders and Toulon since making his professional rugby debut in 2002.

San Diego will kick-start the 2024 season of MLR with a clash against Seattle Seawolves on 2nd March.