He'd have got in most of the teams I've played in and that includes ousting some quality players but from my experience in NZ their 'big' guys have to work twice as hard on their conditioning. Naturally BIG men. I reckon quite a few potential big names don't make it through lack of motivation
We'd heard bits about him. The set up back then, 93 I think, was about as unprofessional as you could get (definitely in Wales) but we were told a bit about their team, especially some 'giant winger' who'd be wreaking havoc in their home internationals. Our back line was tiny so when we found out he wasn't playing I think we all let out a sigh of relief. It was academic though, they were to a man far bigger and stronger than any other u18 team we played against. Don't get me wrong I'm far from a small man and (was) pretty damn fit but their strength and conditioning was an eye opener.
I think trying to compare players similar in size to Lomu is a waste of time. It's like comparing cars, it's what under the hood that counts. Lomu possessed incredible explosive power shackled with the fact he was the first of the, and I say this respectfully, 'freaks' meant at times he was undefendable. 1 on 1 he'd beat his man, 1 on 2+ he created space. »
I'm not a Scarlets man but I love that backline. With North leaving and excluding JD in the centre they're not exactly the bosh merchants that many teams seem to favour. Let's hope they carry on playing like that, other teams take note and we see a return to skill and not just size!