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Last Updated: Friday, 8 April, 2005, 01:49 GMT 02:49 UK
Lomu signs North Harbour contract
Jonah Lomu
Lomu underwent a serious kidney operation eight months ago
Jonah Lomu is set to end his lengthy absence from rugby after signing for New Zealand side North Harbour.

The 29-year-old agreed a two-year deal on Friday to play in the national provincial championship, which starts in August.

He said: "Getting out on the field, that's goal number one and I'm really pleased to be doing that with Harbour.

"I have been waiting for the chance to play again. It's the best of all worlds for me right now."

The All Black wing underwent life-saving kidney surgery eight months ago and doubts had been raised about whether he would ever play again.

He will play his first full match on 4 June in a southern hemisphere side to face a Martin Johnson XV.

Lomu, who has won 63 caps for New Zealand and scored 37 tries, made his name as he guided his country to the runners-up spot at the 1995 World Cup.

Following his new deal, North Harbour coach Allan Pollock said: "Not only does Jonah have speed, strength and great skills on offer but his desire and focus will impact the whole union.

"This is exemplified by his all or nothing approach to his come back - choosing to play his first game at one of the most high-profile matches this year is a huge call."



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04 Jul 04 |  Rugby Union
Lomu eyes 2007 World Cup
27 May 04 |  Rugby Union


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