Lomu weighs up switch to league after Titans offer

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Jonah Lomu is undecided about taking up an offer from the Gold Coast Titans, despite the new Australian club's confidence that he is fit enough to play.

The club did not even bother to put Lomu through a medical when they met him for contract talks. "He looks absolutely better than we expected," said the Titans' chief executive, Michael Searle. "We are confident that if there was a game tomorrow Jonah Lomu would be picked for it."

Lomu has not played league since he was 14 and has struggled to make an impact in union since a kidney transplant three years ago. "They seem like a great bunch of guys and a very professional outfit, but we still haven't made a decision on anything," he said.

Bradford's Shontayne Hape is back in New Zealand's side for the Tri-Nations match with Australia in Melbourne this Saturday. Hape has been named on the wing in place of Tame Tupou.

There is a major question over St Helens' Jason Cayless for the tournament. He is due to fly to join the Kiwis today, but has a shoulder injury.

"Jason is being assessed over the next couple of days, but he's got to be a serious doubt," said the Kiwi coach, Brian McClennan. Australia have also made a change, with Andrew Ryan starting in place of Reni Maitua, who has damaged an ankle. The Sydney prop, Anthony Tupou, will make his debut off the bench.

Four members of Hull's beaten Grand Final side are in England's team to play France in the Federation Shield at Headingley on Sunday.

Bradford have admitted interest in David Solomona, who has asked Wakefield for a release, but the Wildcats say they will not let him go unless the price is right.

The Wakefield prop Darrell Griffin has joined Huddersfield on a three-year contract.

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