8 Great Players Left Out of 2019 Rugby World Cup Training Squads So Far…

5. Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)

The 36-year-old played for French club Toulon before returning to Super Rugby with the Blues, where his performances had been solid. However, it hasn’t been enough to convince Hansen, who has gone largely with the players who have performed for him over the past two seasons.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: Ma’a Nonu of the New Zealand All Blacks is tackled by Handre Pollard (l) and Francois Louw (6) of South Africa during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Lee – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

6. Quinn Roux (Ireland)

Another player who had his end-of-season hampered by injury, Roux will still be frustrated to have been leapfrogged by another South African in Munster’s Jean Kleyn. Roux featured in four games during the Six Nations – including starts against Italy and Scotland – so is definitely still in contention for a call-up later in the summer, if he returns to full fitness.null