16 Jul 2014

Smith cautiously welcomes Nonu

12:00 pm on 16 July 2014

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith says Ma'a Nonu's aware the culture of the team has shifted, as his All Blacks' midfield partner heads back to the Wellington-based Super Rugby franchise.

Smith says it's a big decision to allow a player as influential as Nonu back into the franchise, but the Hurricanes he's spoken to are positive about the second five eighths' return.