New Zealand great Jonah Lomu stunned Australia's players by dropping in on a training session here on Wednesday ahead of their World Cup third place playoff match against Wales.

Lomu, 36, who was recently discharged from hospital after being admitted with kidney failure, mingled with the players and lifted the spirits of a Wallaby camp all but inconsolable after their semifinal defeat by the All Blacks last weekend.

“Unbelievable. It was pretty crazy to have him there. He made the players train better,” wide-eyed Wallaby full-back Kurtley Beale said.

Wallaby flyer Digby Ioane was thrilled Lomu knew who he was when he introduced himself to the former All Black wing, regarded as rugby union's first global superstar.

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