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Lomu set to don gloves for ruck with Sonny Bill

Published 27/04/2011 | 05:00

Once the most feared player in the game, Jonah Lomu (right), who won his last cap for New Zealand in 2002, has struggled to deal with the gradual reduction in his powers and profile but the 35-year-old's latest venture, while worthy, has the potential to be particularly painful.

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Lomu, whose playing career ended quietly in the French third division with Marseille, has tried his hand at bodybuilding and is now anxious to get into the boxing ring, calling out the latest All Black sensation, Sonny Bill Williams.

Lomu is expected to be named as the headline act in the Fight for Life charity boxing event to be staged in Auckland next December. Williams is unbeaten after three fights, proving as physically daunting in the ring as he is on the pitch, and it is understood that Lomu does not figure in his pugilistic plans -- something you suspect the one-time World Cup sensation should be profoundly grateful for.

Irish Independent

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