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“Still Got It At 41” – WATCH: All Blacks Legend Ma’a Nonu Slots Amazing Drop Goal for San Diego Legion

Despite entering the twilight of his career at 41-years-old, legendary All Blacks centre Ma’a Nonu has once again shown the rugby world that he has still got those match-winning talents.

Eight years after Nonu retired from the All Blacks following the 2015 Rugby World Cup, he slotted this unreal drop goal for San Diego Legion. With just 10 minutes on the clock and the scores level at 0-0, Nonu went to the boot to make a breath through for his side.

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A neatly struck drop goal sent the ball sailing through the posts, giving San Diego an early lead over the Seattle Seawolves. The three-pointer came at a pivotal point in the Legion’s season, as this match marked the Major League Rugby Western Conference Final, with a spot in the MLR Championship Final up for grabs.

Nonu built on this drop goal with a phenomenal performance for San Diego, and spurred his side on for a 32-10 victory. San Diego Legion will now meet with the New England Free Jacks in this year’s MLR Championship Final, and contest for the grandest prize in United States club rugby.

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)

The Legion overcame the two-time MLR Champions for a spot in the final, with both San Diego and the Free Jacks looking to record a historic first MLR Championship title.

The Only 3 Players From Rugby World Cup 2003 Still Playing

Longevity in the game of rugby union is a trait that is criminally underrated.

On average, a rugby player’s professional career tends to last 10-12 years, but there are some players who have defied the odds with their incredible longevity.

RUCK decided to take an interesting look back at the 2003 World cup, held in Australia, in which England emerged victorious.

The younger generation of rugby fans may not have a good recollection of the spectacle, but there are only three players who played in that tournament that are still active in rugby today.

So, which players still playing today were at the 2003 World Cup?

#1. Sergio Parisse (Italy)

Current club: Toulon

Parisse is to retire at the end of the season but is still hoping to win more caps before he hangs up his boots.

His retirement will bring an end to a 21-year playing career during which he has won two Top 14 titles and a Challenge Cup.

“I will finish next June. I know that after twenty years in professional rugby, there will be difficult moments,” Parisse told French rugby website Rugbyrama.

“I know that I will miss rugby and I am trying to prepare myself for this period of my life in the best possible conditions.”

The 39-year-old made his professional rugby debut with Benetton Treviso in 2003 but spent most of his career with Stade Français after racking up over 250 appearances with them between 2005 and 2019 before joining Toulon.

He is also the most-capped Italy player with 143 Test appearances and is still hoping to have one final display at the international level despite not being part of the Six Nations squad announced by Kieran Crowley.

“I haven’t given up on my international career. I still think I’m on the radar and if the coach calls me I’ll be happy to answer his call,” the Argentine-born Parisse said.

“In the meantime, I’m trying to concentrate on the things I can control: my fitness, my lifestyle, my performances.”

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