Lomu looking for starting spot
September 26, 1999
The star of the last World Cup, Jonah Lomu, has stated that he wants to win back his starting spot on the All Black wing, as the side arrived in England.
Used only as an impact player during this year's earlier tests, as Cullen and Umaga made the wing spots their own, the All Black giant is anxious that he should be able to leave his mark on a second successive tournament.
"Obviously, I'd always rather be playing for my country than sitting on the bench. But at the same time it's the biggest honour any player could have to be included in an All Blacks' squad for the World Cup."
"I've had my problems with both form and fitness. But right now everything is fine and I'm feeling really strong again."
Coach John Hart believes Lomu will have a big part in his World Cup plans, and rumours in New Zealand suggest that Cullen may well find himself in the centre during the competition, with Lomu included on the wing.
Lomu however is keen to take whatever chance comes his way. "If the selectors want me to come off the bench that's fine by me. It doesn't really matter where I come from as long as I get the opportunity to play for New Zealand. But make no mistake, I'm here to do all I can during the build-up to win back my place in the starting line-up."