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Jonah Lomu | The Legend of Rugby Sports

Jonah Lomu-The Legend of Rugby
Jonah Lomu-The Legend of Rugby

Jonah Lomu (Jonah Tali Lomu) was a rugby union player from New Zealand .Playing on the wing Lomu finished his international career with 63 caps and 37 tries. He was born in 12 May 1975 and spent some of his early childhood in Tonga.

Early Life & Facts :-

New Zealand sevens star Eric Rush played a touch game with Lomu when he was 14 years old. Eric was so impressed he invite him to a sevens tournament in Singapore the next day.

Lomu was the Youngest ever All Black when he played his first international in 1994 at the age of 19 years and 45 days. He played breaking a record that had been held by Edgar Wrigley since 1905.

The match play at Lancaster Park in Christchurch and the All Blacks lost 22–8.
The second match play at Eden Park in Auckland with France winning again 23–20.
Lomu marked Emile N’tamack and admits that his inexperience led to him discuss with the French team.

#Lomu was included in the squad for the 1995 World Cup in South Africa even he had only TWO Black caps.
#In 2002 the UK public voted Lomu’s performance no. 19 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments
#Lomu scored eight tries at the 1999 World Cup.In pool matches he scored two tries against Tonga, one against England and two against Italy.
#Year 2000 started with big victories over Tonga and Scotland for Lomu.
#The opening match of the 2000 Tri Nations Series play in front of a record crowd of 109,874.

Retirement :-

Lomu retired from professional rugby in 2007 still he took part in some matches.In September 2009, Lomu took part in an amateur bodybuilding contest, finishing second in two categories. His weight was 120 kg and was 1.96 metres tall, but can run 100 metres in 10.8 seconds.Even making millions Dollars during his rugby career. Lomu died with few assets to his name and very little savings. It is believe that  his earnings were taken away by his previous divorces, medical bills related to his kidney disease and failed business ventures

Sporting Records:-

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009–2010
2005–2006
2000–2001
Marseille
Cardiff Blues
Wainuiomata RFC
3
10
2
0
(5)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006
2000–03
1994–99
North Harbour
Wellington
Counties Manukau
3
21
28
0
(65)
(95)
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2000–03
1999
1996–98
Hurricanes
Chiefs
Blues
29
8
22
(55)
(10)
(65)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1994–2002 New Zealand 63 (185)
National team(s)
Years Team Comps
1994–2001 New Zealand

Lomu added into the International Rugby Hall of Fame on 9 October 2007 and the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011.

On 18 November 2015, Lomu died unexpectedly in Auckland from a heart attack.

Jonah Lomu’s 15 unforgettable Rugby World Cup tries Video: