Rugby Union: Lomu is put up for sale

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NEW ZEALAND All Blacks star Jonah Lomu is for sale, his manager said in Auckland. The big winger has sat out most of the recent All Black tests, only going into play as an "impact player" late in each game.

"Obviously Jonah and myself want to see him on the field," Kingsley-Jones said. "People have been ringing me from all over the world asking why Jonah is not in the starting team. Jonah's worth more than any other player because he puts bums on seats."

Lomu's contract with the New Zealand Rugby Football Union ends after this year's World Cup.

As the All Blacks arrived in Johannesburg on Saturday, a week before their Tri-Nations game against the injury-troubled Springboks, their coach, John Hart, said his side was careful not to be overconfident.

Despite the All Blacks' good start to the Tri-Nations in which they beat South Africa 28-0 in Dunedin and Australia 34-15 in Auckland, Hart insisted his men have a lot to prove. He said: "Winning at home is one thing. Away is a different proposition," he said. "We are always under pressure to perform. The expectations are high, but this team is realistic. They know the challenge ahead."

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