I already knew J.J. Abrams needed to go back to Romulus to pick up Spock where Berman & Braga dropped him off. It was a condition of Nimoy's involvement. He said so in an interview years ago after turning down a [bit/cameo] part in one of the previous movies. I just don't remember which one. I'm just surprised that no one else on this forum remembers it. And yes, he said it. I wish I had the time to go dig it out of the internet archives somewhere. I'll leave that up to one of you.
So the whole "get Spock out of Romulus" idea was not a "fanboy wankjob" (as one of you put it) after all. Told ya.