Offers mount for Lomu
October 27, 1999
As happened at the end of the 1995 tournament Jonah Lomu is becoming hot property once again and will have his choice of offers at the end of the competition.
Several will tempt the powerhouse winger, who has scored six tries in four games during the tournament, to switch codes with Auckland Warriors and Leeds Rhinos both at the front to the pack chasing his signature.
The Leeds offer would allow Lomu to play both codes and Auckland are trying to put together a similar package. Their Chief Executive Trevor McEwen claims the continued blurring of the two codes would make this possible. "With the open interchange between the two codes, he could play two years for us, then go back in time for the next World Cup."
"We know he's interested in league and his manager has said that Jonah told him he would play for the Warriors if he does play league in the Southern Hemisphere."
New Zealand officials admitted last week that they were worried that Lomu will abandon the All Blacks after the World Cup.
The All Blacks fear that the 24-year-old's stunning return to form could price him out of negotiations when his current agreement expires at the end of the tournament.