Watch: Jokester Scott Robertson cracks a funny, teases media when quizzed on Ma'a Nonu speculation

Scott Robertson has fielded the same question multiple Kiwi Super Rugby coaches have this week regarding a certain former All Black, but his response was as unique as they come.

The Crusaders coach was fielding questions for this weekend's upcoming quarter-final with the Sharks in Christchurch when he was asked what chances there were of the Crusaders approaching Ma'a Nonu about the 2019 season.

Robertson shot back a quick, firm "no comment" but couldn't keep up the facade.

"It's a, 'probably not' but I just wanted to say, 'no comment'," he said while laughing.

"It sounds good!"

Nonu could make a return to Super Rugby next season after announcing in May he was ending his three-year tenure in France with Top 14 club Toulon for family reasons.

The Chiefs coach said he's focused on the team's quarter-final, not speculation regarding Nonu. Source: 1 NEWS

While the Hurricanes have denied they will approach the 103-Test midfielder, Chiefs coach Colin Cooper wasn't as definite with an answer earlier today.

"No, we haven't talked about that," Cooper replied when asked about Nonu.

"I'm just saying we haven't been discussing it. I'm not saying no or yes."

The Chiefs and Crusaders are the only Kiwi franchises Nonu hasn't played for, having spent eight seasons at the Hurricanes (2003-2011), two years with the Blues (2012 and 2014) and a single season with the Highlanders (2013) before his move to France following the 2015 World Cup.

Robertson became the latest Kiwi coach to be questioned about the former All Black but he responded in his own unique way. Source: 1 NEWS


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Crusaders' forward pack gets All Blacks injection for quarter-final against Sharks

The Crusaders have made five changes to the squad that decimated the Blues in Christchurch last week for their playoff game against the Sharks, recalling their All Blacks to the starting line-up at the expense of a departing one.

Coach Scott Robertson has made three changes in the forwards and two to the backline for Saturday's contest at AMI Stadium with front-rowers Codie Taylor and Owen Franks back at hooker and tighthead respectively.

As a result, Andrew Makalio and Michael Alaalatoa have shifted to the reserves.

The duo are joined by Scott Barrett which has seen Quinten Strange left out of the squad while Luke Romano continues to provide cover from the bench.

In the backs, Bryn Hall has been swapped in for Mitchell Drummond at halfback while David Havili replaces Israel Dagg at No.15 - Dagg has dropped out of the game day 23 altogether.

Earlier injury concerns to Kieran Read have been nullified after the All Blacks captain managed to recover from a wrist injury he sustained against the Blues to be available again this week.

Crusaders: 1. Tim Perry, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Scott Barrett, 5. Sam Whitelock (C), 6. Jordan Taufua, 7. Matt Todd (VC), 8. Kieran Read, 9. Bryn Hall, 10. Richie Mo'unga, 11. George Bridge, 12. Ryan Crotty (VC), 13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Seta Tamanivalu, 15. David Havili

Reserves: 16. Andrew Makalio ,17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Luke Romano, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. Manasa Mataele

The two teams last faced off in round five of the 2016 season. Source: 1 NEWS


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'He razzled a few of us up!' Kiwi legend Tomasi Cama training with All Blacks Sevens to help prepare for World Cup

The All Blacks Sevens are calling on one of their greatest to help make up numbers at training for the upcoming World Cup - and he's still got the odd trick up his sleeve.

Former player-turned-assistant coach Tomasi Cama has chucked on the boots this week in San Francisco to help fill the void left in the squad thanks to a smaller squad selection for the tournament.

While 14-man squads are regularly used during the World Sevens Series, which allows for seven-on-seven skirmishes at training, the World Cup only allows a maximum selection of 12 players.

As a result, 36-year-old Cama has jumped back on the field to help make training work this week.

"We just adjust to these sorts of things," player Regan Ware said.

"We've got Masi out there with his boots on running around. He could probably still play, to be honest - he razzled a few of us up!"

Cama retired from rugby in 2015 after 63 tournament appearances as the second-highest point scorer in Sevens history with 2026 career points. 

Every game of the men's and women's Rugby World Cup Sevens will be live from July 21-23 on TVNZ's Duke channel - Freeview 13, Sky 23, and streaming on tvnz.co.nz.

The NZ7s assistant coach is helping make up numbers for drills in San Francisco. Source: 1 NEWS


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