Lomu's future still unknown
All Blacks giant winger Jonah Lomu will not be rushed into any quick decision on his future it was revealed by his advisor Phil Kingsley-Jones on Saturday.
Kingsley-Jones also rubbished reports that the 18 stone Lomu had signed a £1.1 million deal with English Premiership new-boys Bristol and had turned down a new contract with the All Blacks.
Although Bristol are one of a number of interested parties, the proposed signing session with 24-year-old Lomu, who was one of the few All Blacks to come out of the French match with any credit having scored two typically bulldozing tries, here on Saturday seems certain not to take place.
Instead, Lomu is expected to meet Kingsley-Jones for further discussions before travelling to the Millennium Stadium where he will link up with his All Black team-mates to watch the World Cup Final between Australia and France.
There has been frenzied speculation over which path Lomu will choose to take now his All Black contract is on the point of expiry.Contrary to reports, Kingsley-Jones is adamant Lomu has not turned his back on New Zealand and an offer to stay with them is still in the pipeline.
"It is not true," said Kingsley-Jones when asked whether Lomu had rejected a four-year contract with the All Blacks.
"Six clubs have shown interest in signing Jonah, including some from France.
"But he will not be rushed into a decision. Jonah will decide when he is ready."
Bristol officials are remaining tight-lipped, although privately it has been suggested that club owner Malcolm Pearce will not be in Cardiff to meet with Lomu ahead of today's game. Multi-millionaire Pearce undoubtedly has the funds to sanction a move for Lomu, although such an acquisition is fraught with complications.
Apart from almost certainly busting their salary cap, Lomu's overseas registration would also mean coach Bob Dwyer would have to leave out either former Springbok fly-half Henry Honiball or Argentinian scrum-half Agustin Pichot from his team once the World Cup has been completed.
Dwyer was completely non-plussed when quizzed about Lomu's impending move following his side's 29-19 defeat by Northampton on Friday night.
"It would be astonishing if it happened without me being notified," said Dwyer.
"And I know nothing about Jonah moving here."
The club's players were equally in the dark and chief executive Nick de Scossa hinted that talks with Lomu had not gone beyond the preliminary stage. While his future may not be finalised today, Lomu will come under pressure to make a firm decision.