ON THE EDGE
Nonu: Serial offender
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:00
Ma'a Nonu yet again showed that whilst he is a brilliant player, he has along way to go in the sportsmanship department.
Nonu, who has already been sent to the sin bin five times this year, displayed his foul play demeanour with a disgraceful and obviously deliberate late and high shoulder charge on Springboks captain Jean De Villiers in New Zealand's 29-15 Rugby Championship win in Auckland at the weekend.
Nonu was yellow carded for the incident, but despite his lengthy track record of ugly shoulder charges, late tackles and head-butts escaped further sanction.
Earlier this season All Black coach Steve Hansen defended the midfielder, suggesting the controversial player had an 'injured' shoulder, which caused him to execute an illegal tackle.
Nonu came under fire from the Wallabies for a shoulder charge that levelled prop James Slipper during the first half of the All Blacks' 27-16 Rugby Championship win in Wellington at the weekend.
Here is a collection of Nonu indiscretions!
* Please note, these are not all of them. Some are not available on the Internet, but well documented in the media.
Nonu Late Shoulder charge on Jean De Villiers
Nonu shoulder charge on Piri Weepu
Nonu vs Jimmy Cowan
Nonu shoulder charge v Wales
Nonu tip tackle on Tom Marshall
Nonu stiff arm on Clint Newlands
Nonu's spear-tackle on Irish
Nonu shoulder charge on Dan Carter
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