http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3731973a1823,00.htmlLomu back on comeback trail
14 July 2006Â
Rugby great Jonah Lomu makes his latest comeback in North Harbour's club competition tomorrow, although he might have to wear the unfamiliar jersey of a front rower.
Massey coach Graham Lowe suggested the former All Blacks wing might need to fit into a No 3 shirt when they play fellow premier competition co-leaders Marist.
"He's No 11 if I can find a jersey big enough for him. You might see him at No 3," said Lowe, who was enthused at the prospect of the 63-test veteran striding out on New Zealand soil again.
Lomu, 31, joined Massey last year after signing a two-year deal with North Harbour but is yet to play for either side due to a string of injuries.
He suffered the latest setback to his dream of playing a third World Cup, in France next year, in April when he damaged ankle ligaments while playing for Welsh club Cardiff.
However, Lowe was confident Lomu was ready for his reintroduction despite having just two training sessions with the club side since his rehabilitation was completed.
"He's fizzing, he's on a mission," Lowe said today.
"He's had a few setbacks but he's got an outstanding attitude and he's highly motivated."
Lomu, who made a remarkable return to the sport last year after beating a life-threatening kidney disease, has also been training with the North Harbour Air New Zealand Cup squad.
"He's had plenty of fitness tests, he's had contact work â€“ he's as conditioned as he possibly can be without actually playing a game," said Lowe, who has engineered a gameplan to give the big wing space out wide.
"I don't want to use him as a battering ram. Our objective is to give him as much space as possible â€“ give him 10 metres to wind up and then `way you go big fella â€“ here's the ball'."
Lomu was originally due to make his Massey â€“ and North Harbour â€“ debut last season but injured a shoulder playing in former England captain Martin Johnson's testimonial at Twickenham.
So, he might be wearing number 3? does that mean he will pack down in the forwards? or will he still be on the wing? if anyone is out that way i sugest go down and have a look.
I am planning to go out and watch some wellington club rugby this weekend
brillient, can someone please change the topic i am a dork