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Ankle Injury Forces Lomu Out of Blues

19th April 2006

A Welsh orthopaedic surgeon today confirmed Jonah Lomu has broken his right ankle, an injury sustained during the Cardiff Blues versus Border Reivers match on Saturday.

The setback occurred late in the game while Lomu was setting up the final try in the 46-11 win over the Reivers at the Arms Park.

“Specialists advised today that Jonah will be out of action for about six weeks”, says Lomu’s manager and wife, Fiona Lomu. “He hopes to begin light training again after that.”

Lomu will be unavailable for the remainder of the Cardiff Blues season, but expects to pull his boots on again for the NPC season with the North Harbour side.

“Obviously Jonah is very disappointed. He has worked so hard to get his fitness and his game back during his time in Wales – this is a set back for him but injuries like this happen all the time in rugby. Other than the ankle he’s in excellent health and will be focused on getting right and preparing himself for the NPC season." Said Fiona Lomu

"Since his arrival in mid November, we have all been hugely impressed with the sheer determination Jonah has shown to get back to playing top level rugby.

His injury against Border Reivers was a cruel blow, especially given he was playing so well in what was his tenth game for the Blues this season. It was evident on Saturday how much progress Jonah has continued to make over the past six months and it’s sad that he will not play again this season for Cardiff Blues.

He will remain with us until the end of the season and I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Blues, and indeed Wales, in thanking him for his significant contribution to date.” Said Robert Norster, Cardiff Blues Chief Executive.