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All Black in body-building debut

Jonah Lomu showcases his body building skills

Former All Black star Jonah Lomu had to settle for second place when he made his debut in the world of competitive body-building.

Lomu, 34, took up the sport to get fit ahead of his planned rugby comeback in France later this year.

Wearing shiny blue briefs, the feared winger twirled, clenched and did the splits before a cheering crowd at the Wellington Bodybuilding Championships.

He came second in the men's over 90 kg (198 pound) class and the mixed pairs.

Lomu told New Zealand's Sunday News that he wanted to be a good role model both for his son and for those who, like him, had received kidney transplants.

"I want to be a great example and I want to be a great dad," he said.

The athlete said his new hobby had helped him lose more than 30 kg in the last six months.

In November Lomu heads to France to play for Marseille Vitrolles.

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