Toulon centre Ma’a Nonu was on the receiving end of an unlucky clash of heads at the weekend in an incident that left the New Zealander knocked out cold.
The former European champions took on Montpellier at the weekend in the Top 14, a contest they lost 43 – 20. However, it was the sight of former All Black MA’a Nonu that grabbed the headlines.
Shrouded with a bizarre sense of deja-vu, the 35-year-old found himself in much the same condition when the two teams faced off in the Top 14 semi-final back in 2016, when he again suffered a sickening head knock that left him senseless on the ground.
On Sunday, the rampaging centre took the ball into contact at speed in the 60th minute of the game where he clashed heads with Montpellier’s Julian Brady.
The collision immediately stunned Nonu and he was forced to endure a second hard impact with the ground followed by a pile up of bodies as players scrambled for ball control.
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After recognising that the former All Black had been knocked out, the referee quickly halted proceedings and the Toulon medical team sprang into action.
Following some on-field assessments, Nonu regained his faculties and was able to walk off the field, albeit looking a little worse for wear.
In a statement released on the Toulon website, it was revealed that Nonu was able to rejoin the squad for the trip back from Montpellier following off-field assessments.
“Nonu immediately recovered all his abilities. Thus, the first evaluations made by the medical staff [on the field] were positive.
“Today, the RCT medical staff wanted to be reassuring about the health of the player following the match.”
The result on Sunday sees Toulon languishing in seventh place in the Top 14 table, while Montpellier sit top.