Jonah Lomu

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Jonah Lomu

New Zealand rugby union player add

Category: Rugby

Born in 1975.

Countries: New Zealand (39%), United Kingdom (14%), France (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Tana Umaga, New Zealand, Bryan Habana

Linked to: Cardiff Blues, England national rugby union team, North Harbour Rugby Union, Aberavon Quins RFC

 

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Jonah Lomu was born in 1975 add something


1990

Wellington Rugby Football Union - Even with an All-Star backline in the late 1990s including Christian Cullen, Tana Umaga, Jonah Lomu and Alama Ieremia what was a superb team on paper never lived up to expectations and Wellington became known for its inconsistency


1993

Lomu represented New Zealand in the national under-19 side in 1993, as well as the under-21 side the following year add something


1994

At the age of 19 years and 45 days, Lomu became the youngest All Black test player as he debuted on the wing against France in 1994, breaking a record that had been held by Edgar Wrigley since 1905 add something

 

He first came to international attention at the 1994 Hong Kong Sevens tournament as part of a team including Eric Rush add something

 

He had sixty-three caps as an All Black after debuting in 1994 add something

 

Lomu burst onto the international rugby scene during the 1994 Hong Kong Sevens tournament and was widely acknowledged to be the top player at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa even though New Zealand lost the championship game to the host Springboks add something

 

Andrew Mehrtens - In the World Cup tournament he was a success, one of three youngsters with Jonah Lomu and Josh Kronfeld who gave the All Blacks a dimension which had been lacking for much of the 1994 season


1995

At the end of 1995 Lomu was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a serious kidney disorder add something

 

Despite having just two All Black caps, Lomu was included in the squad for the 1995 World Cup in South Africa add something

 

Lomu stunned international rugby audiences at the 1995 World Cup, when he scored seven tries in five matches, including four in the semi-final against England add something

 

Tony Underwood - He played in the Rugby World Cup in 1995, although arguably his most memorable moment in that tournament was when his opposite number, Jonah Lomu, ran a ring around him, before powering straight over the tackle of full back Mike Catt to score what would be one of his four tries in that game

 

James Small (rugby player) - He was part of the 1995 rugby world cup winning Springbok team, and famously marked Jonah Lomu out of the game in the final


1996

At the end of 1996, he was diagnosed with a rare and serious kidney disorder, which saw him take time off from the sport add something

 

In 1996, shortly after the 1995 Rugby World Cup in which he made such a big impact, Lomu married South African Tanya Rutter and she moved to live in New Zealand add something

 

The 1996 Tri Nations was the first of its kind, and launched with the advent of professionalism in rugby add something

 

Tana Umaga - To accommodate outside backs Umaga, Lomu, Wilson and Cullen 1996-99 All Black coach John Hart moved Fullback Christian Cullen into the midfield


1997

David Rees (rugby union) - Fourth cap on 6 December 1997 at Twickenham when facing legendary Jonah Lomu


1999

He scored eight tries at the 1999 World Cup add something

 

Lomu's 1999 international season kicked off with a warm-up match against New Zealand A, which was followed by a game against Samoa in which Lomu scored one of the All Blacks' nine tries add something

 

Hurricanes (rugby union) - After the 1999 World Cup, Jonah Lomu's contract with the NZRU expired he was linked to many clubs around the world, in rugby league as well as union and the NFL's Dallas Cowboys

 

Bryan Habana - Habana was one of the stars of the World Cup, his eight tries equalling the record set by Jonah Lomu in 1999, and was named the 2007 IRB Player of the Year

 

Tana Umaga - With Jonah Lomu regaining his fitness, coupled with a drop in form, Umaga was dropped from the All Blacks until the 1999 season


2000

Four years later in 2000, they were divorced add something


2001

Lomu led the New Zealand Sevens team to victory at the 2001 Sevens World Cup, filling in for Rush, who suffered a broken leg during the competition add something


2002

In his first test of 2002, he came off the bench in the second half to score a try in a match against Italy add something

 

James Forrester (rugby union) - Having played for England U21 he made his England A debut against Wales in Bristol during 2002 and in June of that year played for an England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham, scoring a memorable 65 metre try and outstripping Jonah Lomu in the process


2003

In interviews after 2003, Lomu revealed that he was already suffering from the effects of nephrotic syndrome during the 1995 World Cup. As a consequence of this serious and chronic kidney illness he was completely drained and often bedridden for entire days in between Cup games add something

 

In May 2003, the NZRFU announced that Lomu had been put on dialysis three times a week due to deterioration in his kidney function add something

 

Then in August 2003, Lomu married his second wife Fiona in a secret ceremony on Waiheke Island add something

 

Mauro Bergamasco - In 2003, Italy's coach John Kirwan deployed him as a winger, comparing his speed and physical stature with Jonah Lomu


2004

He made a comeback after undergoing a kidney transplant in 2004 add something

 

Late in March 2004, Lomu was quoted by a Hong Kong newspaper to the effect that a suitable live kidney donor had been found, and that he would have transplant surgery sometime during 2004 add something

 

Nonetheless, at the end of July 2004 it was reported that Lomu had indeed undergone a kidney transplant on Tuesday, 28 July, in Auckland, New Zealand add something

 

Hurricanes (rugby union) - All Black great Jonah Lomu was left out of the 2004 squad, due to a life-threatening illness that would eventually result in a kidney transplant


2005

As it turned out, his injury was more serious than originally thought; he underwent surgery on the shoulder, causing him to miss the 2005 NPC season add something

 

Lomu soon announced his intention to train for his rugby union renaissance in June 2005 add something

 

In January 2005, Lomu announced his intention to lead a team against Martin Johnson's invitational XV on 4 June 2005, at Twickenham add something

 

On 9 August 2005, he joined North Harbour, but the shoulder injury he had picked up in the Martin Johnson testimonial game ruled him out for the season, so he worked with the team in a coaching capacity add something

 

Massey Rugby Club - Former All Black Jonah Lomu signed to play for Massey in 2005 but due to an injury was unable to play for them that season

 

Rugby Calvisano - Later in the year, they hosted a match in the 2005-06 Heineken Cup against the Cardiff Blues that turned out to be notable as the first competitive appearance of All Blacks great Jonah Lomu since undergoing a kidney transplant in 2004


2006

In early 2006, he was sidelined while he concentrated on gaining speed and strength, stating that "I have now lost between 10 and 11 kilos" add something

 

On 16 October 2006, it was reported that Lomu was close to switching codes and signing for the Gold Coast Titans, a new Queensland franchise in the National Rugby League competition add something

 

On 5 November 2006, the BBC reported that Lomu was considering a return to Welsh rugby add something


2007

It became apparent in early 2007 that Lomu was not going to make the Rugby World Cup after not signing with a New Zealand Super 14 franchise, therefore ruling him out for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France add something

 

It was subsequently speculated that Lomu may have played in Australia in 2007 for one of the new national competition clubs add something

 

Lomu retired from rugby in 2007, but was persuaded to play in the Help For Heroes charity match at Twickenham a year later, although he had to withdraw after injuring his ankle in training add something

 

Lomu's aim was to return to the National Provincial Championship and reclaim his All Blacks jersey for the 2007 World Cup add something

 

Nadene Quirk was married to fringe Auckland Blues rugby player Jarek Goebel when she met Lomu in late 2007 add something

 

On 9 April 2007, Lomu appeared on New Zealand's version of "This Is Your Life", in which he was united with his brother John Lomu add something

 

Lomu was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours list on 4 June 2007 add something

 

In December 2007, it was reported that Lomu and his second wife Fiona were taking timeout from one another add something

 

Bryan Habana - He scored two tries against Argentina in the semifinal, equalling Jonah Lomu's record of 8 tries in one World Cup. He was a part of the world cup winning side contributing to the defeat of England in the 2007 final


2008

In early 2008, Lomu moved out of his Auckland property and down to Wellington to live with Quirk add something

 

Then in February 2008, it was reported Lomu and his wife Fiona were divorcing add something

 

Nemani Nadolo - Nasiganiyavi's size, style of play and Pacific Islander background drew him comparisons to Jonah Lomu when he signed for the Waratahs in 2008


2009

In a Clint Eastwood movie "Invictus" , which is about Nelson Mandela and South African rugby team in 1995 World Cup, Lomu is portrayed by Isaac Feau'nati and is referred to in reverent tones add something

 

However, in June 2009, the BBC claimed he was close to joining French third division club Marseille Vitrolles and was expected to start in the first match of the new season add something

 

In September 2009, Lomu took part in an amateur bodybuilding contest in Wellington add something


2010

Julian Savea - In 2010 Savea was touted as 'the next Jonah Lomu'


2011

Lomu made an attempt to take part in a charity boxing event in New Zealand called "Fight for Life" 2011, which he was intended to be the captain of the rugby union team add something


2012

In 2012 Lomu and his wife became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints add something


2015

Lomu set a record of 15 tries in World Cup tournaments, which was equalled by South African Bryan Habana in 2015 add something

 

On the morning of 18 November 2015, Lomu died unexpectedly in Auckland add something

 

Two public services were held at Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau on 28 November 2015, and at Eden Park on 30 November 2015, a day before a private service add something


2018

On the 16th of November 2018 a memorial game was held in the town of Aberavon, South Wales to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Jonah visiting the town to play in an exhibition game add something

 

On 16 November 2018 a memorial game was held in the town of Aberavon, South Wales to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Jonah visiting the town to play in an exhibition game add something