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New Zealand centre Ma'a Nonu close to agreeing switch to the Highlanders

Last Updated: 16/10/12 7:11am

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Ma'a Nonu: Set to move to the Highlanders

Ma'a Nonu: Set to move to the Highlanders

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The Highlanders have confirmed they are on the verge of agreeing a deal with World Cup winner Ma'a Nonu.

Nonu, who has been capped 71 times by New Zealand, will make the switch from the Blues - with the 30-year-old centre also having Super Rugby experience with the Hurricanes.

Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph told the club's official site: "Ma'a has been a standout performer for the All Blacks over his playing career and he would bring some great playing form to our squad next season.

"He has a lot of big-match experience at international level and we know that we would benefit from that.

"Ma'a has indicated he sees many advantages for him and his family in being part of the Highlanders environment and we would welcome that.

"We're very proud of the support we give to the families of our players, and the support we get in return is a vital part of the strong family-focus we have within the Highlanders."

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