New Zealand is abuzz with speculation about the reason behind one of the most bizarre interviews in recent memory – when Hurricanes and All Blacks centre Ma’a Nonu let rip with a series of expletives in a live post-match interview.
According to Yahoo!Xtra Sport, Nonu let rip in a bizarre interview – filled with seven swear words, following his side’s Super 14 win against the Chiefs on Saturday.
Some are now wondering if it was not, perhaps, a joke gone wrong…
Minutes after the 33-27 win that kept the Hurricanes in play-off contention, Nonu took part in an interview with Radiosport in which he dropped several ‘f-bombs’.
The clip was played on Radiosport‘s breakfast show on Monday, with host Mark Richardson querying whether Nonu was genuine, saying afterwards “clearly someone has had to put him up to that”.
Listen to the Nonu interview (from the 3.03 mark) here.
The Stormers’ star wing, Bryan Habana, remains on the ‘doubtful’ list ahead of the Super 14 crunch match with the Sharks on Saturday, despite the player’s optimistic view that he is “hoping” to be fit.
Habana was conspicuous by his absence at the Stormers’ training session at their Bellville on Monday.
The 26-year-old World Cup-winning Springbok, who has been one of many stand-out players at the forefront of the resurgent Stormers this season, is nursing badly bruised ribs, which forced him to leave the field early in the second half of last Friday’s 42-14 demolition of the Crusaders at Newlands.
The Crusaders’ coaching staff are eager for star All Black flyhalf Dan Carter to reproduce his own brand of magic, as they desperately search for as winning formula in the final dash for Super 14 play-off places.
Having suffered back-to-back defeats against the Western Force and Stormers in the last fortnight, the Crusaders now head to Pretoria and an encounter with the table-topping Bulls – realising that another defeat will almost certainly spell the end of their play-off dreams.
There was some good news for Springbok and Sharks captain John Smit, who was told on Monday that there is ‘no structural damage’ as a result of a neck injury he suffered.
However, the bad news is that veteran Bok lock Johann Muller has played his last game for the Sharks, after fracturing the same arm that sidelined him for a lengthy period last year.
Sharks team doctor Craig Roberts told rugby365.com on Monday that the results of scans done on Smit, following an injury scare in the aftermath of his team’s 19-27 Super 14 loss to the Bulls, revealed only “mild ligament damage”.