Lomu sticks with the All Blacks
November 14, 1999
As predicted on Scrum yesterday, Jonah Lomu has ended all the speculation about his future by signing a two-year contract with the NZRFU.
Speaking at a press conference after arriving at Auckland airport from the UK, Lomu outlined the importance to him of continuing to play for the All Blacks. "That Silver Fern means so much for me and my family," he said.
Lomu will play Super 12 rugby for the Wellington Hurricanes (again as predicted on Scrum) as he has decided to take up residence in the capital, where his girlfriend lives. The question of who he plays for in next year's NPC has not, however, been resolved.
He has not left Counties-Manukau, neither has he joined Wellington. At the end of 2001, both parties to the deal have a mutual option for a further 2 years, until the end of 2003 and beyond the next World Cup in Australia.
Lomu's manager refused to say how much the NZRFU was paying Lomu, but he said it was less than the three million NZ dollar two-year contract offered by English rugby league club Wakefield Trinity.