Jonah Lomu

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 July, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 July, 1998, 12:00am

New Zealand wing star Jonah Lomu's axing from the All Blacks Test team might be the tonic he needs to pep up a flagging career, according to David Campese.

Australian rugby legend Campese warned against predicting an end for Lomu.

'Don't write Jonah off,' Campese told The Australian newspaper. 'If he wants to get back again, this might be a bit of a wakeup call.

'It was a great effort from Jonah to get back in the side after the illness he had,' Campese said, referring to Lomu's kidney problems. 'Perhaps [coach John] Hart wants to teach him a lesson.' 'It could be a very good ploy - it's as if he wants to show him he has to keep working at his game.' Lomu has failed to hit the opposition's defensive lines with the same destructiveness as during his heyday and it has been suggested the medication he still needs for his kidneys leaves him feeling flat. As a result, Joeli Viridi has claimed his position for Saturday's Test against Australia.