Dai Young saw off a whole host of English Premiership clubs to land the famous All Black ahead of their Heineken Cup campaign. And even though the 30-year-old powerhouse winger has been besieged by injury and illness since starring in the 1999 Rugby World Cup, Lomu's arrival in South Wales has still sent shockwaves through the Northern Hemisphere.
Lomu had been playing for New Zealand NPC side North Harbour but has signed a short-term deal with the Blues as he looks to regain full fitness and his All Black place. He will take up his place alongside Wales internationals Jamie Robinson, Mike Phillips, Tom Shanklin and Rhys Williams in the Blues backline from next month and will be available for the remainder of their European, Celtic and Anglo-Welsh challenges.
"I look forward to joining the Blues and getting back on the rugby field. It's a really exciting time to be involved in Welsh rugby," he said. "They are enjoying a real resurgence in the world game and as a country it shares the same passion and love for the sport that New Zealand does. I have always felt such great warmth from the Welsh."
Lomu, a towering 6ft 5in tall, burst onto the scene in 1994 in the Hong Kong Sevens tournament before winning his full cap at the tender age of 19 against France and in doing so became the youngest ever All Blacks Test player. Weighing in at 19st but able to cover 100m in 10.8 seconds, Lomu was named the player of the tournament as he set the 1995 Rugby World Cup alight and his performances - including a memorable four try display against England in the semi-finals - elevated him to superstar status.
The following year Lomu was diagnosed with a serious kidney illness but, despite being forced to take a year out, he was back in the All Blacks No. 11 shirt in 1997, won a Sevens gold in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and helped New Zealand to the World Cup semi-finals in Wales in 1999.
By 2003 his health had deteriorated and his rare condition (Nephrotic Syndrome) forced him to undergo dialysis and just fifteen months ago had a live-saving kidney transplant. But the ordeal was not enough to keep the big man down and after ten years fighting the disease Lomu is back and is desperate to add to his incredible tally of 37 tries in 63 All Blacks appearances by making his mark with the Blues.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.