Jonah Lomu could play for Boland in the Absa Currie Cup next season.
The former All Black winger is looking to continue a career that has been blighted by illness and injury, after North Harbour confirmed that they would not be offering him a contract for the 2007 season, and he declined an offer from the Gold Coast Titans to play rugby league.
Rudy Joubert, director of Boland Rugby, confirmed on Tuesday that 31-year-old Lomu’s agent had approached the union, but said the price tag that comes with luring the 63-cap New Zealander to Boland was disconcerting.
“From a marketing point of view, Lomu would be very valuable to us,” Joubert told Die Burger.
“However, the money involved in the purchase of a player of that stature may be just too much for us.”
Boland CEO Piet Bergh agreed that the presence of the legend would be a major drawcard in a region that where the All Blacks have a large support base.
Since Fidentia have rejuvenated the union with a multi-million rand sponsorship, many big names including Carlos Spencer, Justin Marshall and Christian Cullen have been linked with moves to Wellington.