Lomu: Part Five

Jonah Lomu is set to make yet another return from injury for North Habour in a New Zealand Cup fixture against Wellington on Sunday.

The All Black icon made sporadic appearances for Cardiff in the Celtic League in April but injuries and ill health have stifled his comeback.

In the 2003 NPC he made a 20-minute cameo with his right arm heavily strapped to protect scarring caused by the dialysis treatment he was receiving for a life-threatening kidney disease which many thought would bring the 31 year-old’s career to a premature halt.

A kidney transplant in 2004 enabled him to resume a career with Taranaki, but then an injury in Martin Johnson’s testimonial match in 2005 ensured another lengthy lay-off.

He was instructed to rest after injuring his ankle playing club rugby a month ago, and having recovered, will take a seat on the reserve’s bench for unbeaten North Harbour.

He has made it known that he still desires to play for New Zealand, for whom he has scored 37 tries in 63 Tests.

Harbour will be without South African born Greg Rawlinson and Luke McAlister, who return to the All Blacks side to face Australia at Eden Park, Dunedin.

New Zealand Cup Fixtures: (New Zealand time)

Pool A

19 Aug Manawatu v Taranaki, Palmerston 12:00pmÂ
20 Aug Auckland v Bay of Plenty, Auckland 2:35pm
20 Aug North Harbour v Wellington, Albany 4:35pm

Pool B

18 Aug Canterbury v Southland, Christchurch 7:35 pm
19 Aug Otago v Waikato, Dunedin 2:00 pm
20 Aug Counties Manuakau v Northland, Auckland 12:30pm