Former All Black winger Jonah Lomu has made his comeback two years after retiring because of a kidney problem.
The 34-year-old Lomu made a low-key return in Marseille’s 63-18 win over Montmelian in front of 2,500 fans in a French third division match.
“This was my first match, I was not expecting a miracle,” said Lomu, who touched the ball for the first time after 20 minutes.
Capped 63 times by the All Blacks, his career was cut short by a transplant.
On Sunday, as well as adjusting to life back on the rugby pitch with the French semi-professional side, Lomu had to deal with some linguistic difficulties.
“It was a little difficult to understand my team-mates who were talking very fast in French,” said Lomu.
Marseille president Claude Atcher attributed Lomu’s quiet performance to nerves in a game that was shown live on cable television.
“Jonah is very tense, much more so than he normally is,” said Atcher.
“This is more than a rugby match, it is more about sickness and life. This is much more than just about rugby.”
Lomu, who burst into the limelight at the 1995 World Cup, signed a two-year contract for Marseille earlier this year.