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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 November 2006, 12:10 GMT
Lomu considering return to Wales
Jonah Lomu played part of last season for Cardiff Blues
Jonah Lomu played part of last season for Cardiff Blues
Former All Blacks wing Jonah Lomu says he would like to return to Welsh rugby after failing to land a contract with a New Zealand Super 14 team.

The 31-year-old played for Cardiff Blues for part of last season and refused to rule out a return.

"That would be a possibility," Lomu told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek.

"Everybody knows how much the Welsh love rugby, but I am just summing up my options and I will make a decision in the next month or so."

Lomu has effectively been ruled out of next year's World Cup, with a Super 14 contract a necessary step if he was to have even an outside chance to regain a place in the New Zealand squad.

His career was derailed by debilitating kidney problems that have required a transplant, while he has also suffered from shoulder problems and a broken ankle in recent seasons.

Lomu has dismissed speculation linking him with a change of codes to rugby league and insists he is intent on playing out his career in union, possibly back in the Magners League.

"Rugby league was an option, but we turned down an option just recently because we started in the professional era of rugby union so we might as well finish it as well," Lomu added.

Meanwhile, Lomu has jumped to the defence of England fans after All Black Aaron Mauger accused some of making racist comments during the match between the two countries at Twickenham last year.

Lomu said: "I haven't heard anything like that and I have always found it a great place to play.

"I have never found anything racial at any time in the past 10 years that I have played rugby."



SEE ALSO
Lomu turns down switch to league
27 Oct 06 |  Rugby League
Lomu admits World Cup dream over
30 Sep 06 |  Rugby Union
Lomu's latest comeback cut short
15 Jul 06 |  Internationals
Mauger alleges Twickenham racism
03 Nov 06 |  English


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