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Lomu rules out coaching future



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Former All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu, whose playing career thrilled crowds but terrified opponents, insisted on Thursday that he has no interest in becoming a coach.

The 32-year-old said he has plenty of charity and business interests to keep him busy.

But he added that he will always be proud that having undergone a kidney transplant in 2004 he went on to defy medical opinion by playing the game again.

“I wouldn’t want to coach a team but I would help them,” said Lomu.

“I have a lot of knowledge and also a lot of secrets that I believe I could give to any player to help them improve.” Lomu found fame at the 1995 World Cup and went on to play 73 times for the All Blacks.

Despite being diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, he fought back to play in the 1999 World Cup and even played club rugby for Cardiff in 2006 despite having had transplant surgery.

“By playing again for Cardiff in 2006, I achieved what specialists and doctors said I wouldn’t be able to do ever again,” he said.

“I’ve trained all summer, I’m in the best shape that I could be. But rugby is not all I do. I have other businesses, that have nothing to do with rugby. But in term of contacts with clubs, I haven’t had any contact with anyone.

“There are a lot of things happening in my life. I’m an ambassador for Adidas, I am juggling that with charity work, making people aware of the difference transplants make.

“For me I’ll always have a love and a passion for rugby. Tomorrow I could play if I wanted to.”


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