Blues coach Leon MacDonald is working on the assumption that neither Ma'a Nonu nor Sonny Bill Williams will return to his side next year.

The two midfielders are not negotiating with the Blues over new contracts and are likely to take up overseas offers which will rob the backline of a huge amount of experience in MacDonald's second year as head coach.

"We are assuming that they're not going to be there – that's the way we're looking at it," MacDonald told the Herald after Friday's 22-all draw with the Bulls at Eden Park. "It would be more of a

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