SAN DIEGO, Oct. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego Legion, a Major League Rugby franchise, announced Major League Rugby's highest profile player signing to date, with New Zealand All Blacks superstar Ma'a Nonu joining the team for the 2020 season.
Nonu is a household name within the international rugby community with 103 caps as a New Zealand All Black and over 300+ professional games, including winning: 2 World Cups, 5 Tri-Nations/Rugby Championships and 8 Bledisloe Cups.
His speed, explosiveness and raw power have forever changed how the Center position is played and has led to him being one of the all-time top try scorers in Super Rugby.
Nonu stated in connection with his signing, "I'm really grateful to be joining the San Diego Legion and to play in the MLR for the 2020 season. I'm looking forward to the challenge of the new season ahead with the team. My family and I are excited about the move to San Diego."
2019 MLR Coach of the Year and San Diego Legion Head Coach, Rob Hoadley, added, "Ma'a is a huge addition for us. It is undeniable that he will have a major impact on the MLR this season. He is a world class player who has proven himself to be one of the greats of the game. His talent and leadership will be a perfect addition to the San Diego Legion organization."
Nonu will be joining the San Diego Legion team at the commencement of pre-season training this December.
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About San Diego Legion
Founded in 2018, San Diego Legion is part of the professional Major League Rugby organization, one of seven founding teams launched in North America. Featuring a mixture of the most talented athletes from around the globe, including international provincial all-stars combined with domestic talent from the U.S., and Canada, to showcase the best professional rugby has to offer.
Beyond the pitch, SD Legion is committed to building a grassroots community around the sport of rugby in Southern California. By creating outreach programs to bring new players to the game and high-performance pathways to retain the best athletes in the sport, the Legion works closely with local clubs, academies, scholastic and college programs to create the competitive pathway to elevate the American game to the next level.
All home games are hosted at the University of San Diego Torero Stadium, the perfect destination for rugby fans and families to experience the game up close and personal. For more information about San Diego Legion, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
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