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Jonah Lomu: A Gentle Giant

Jonah Lomu: A Gentle Giant

For many the defining image of gentle giant Jonah Lomu, who died in November, aged 40, is the sight of the New Zealand rugby star swatting aside England players in the semi-final of the 1995…

Ed Sheeran Pays Touching Tribute to Jonah Lomu

Ed Sheeran Pays Touching Tribute to Jonah Lomu

“Ed Sheeran has paid a touching tribute to All Blacks great Jonah Lomu by taking to the stage at his concert wearing the late rugby legend’s number 11 jersey”, writes Jenny Awford for

New Zealand Bids Farewell to Jonah Lomu

New Zealand Bids Farewell to Jonah Lomu

“Thousands of New Zealanders have visited Eden Park to honour the memory of legendary All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu at a public memorial service hosted at the hallowed Auckland rugby venue”, writes Rory Keane…

Jonah Lomu’s Former Teammates Perform Haka

Jonah Lomu’s Former Teammates Perform Haka

A final and emotional haka was performed by Jonah Lomu’s former teammates to farewell their friend and a great rugby player.

Auckland Schoolboys Perform Powerful Haka in Honour of Jonah Lomu

Auckland Schoolboys Perform Powerful Haka in Honour of Jonah Lomu

Students from Wesley College in South Auckland have performed an incredible haka outside the college in honour of former student Jonah Lomu, who passed away on November 18. According to Fox Sports it could be…

Jonah Lomu: Rugby Superstar Melded Power and Speed

Jonah Lomu: Rugby Superstar Melded Power and Speed

“Jonah Lomu, whose size, strength and speed made him one of rugby’s most fearsome wings, a record-setting, nearly unstoppable scorer for the All Blacks” has died aged 40, writes Bruce Weber in an obituary…

Jonah Lomu’s 15 Unforgettable Rugby World Cup Tries

Jonah Lomu’s 15 Unforgettable Rugby World Cup Tries

To Commemorate All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu’s passing, World Rugby Channel on YouTube put together 15 of Jonah Lomu’s most unforgettable Rugby World Cup tries.

All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu Dies

All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu Dies

Former New Zealand rugby star and All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu has passed away in Auckland today, aged 40. “We’re lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah’s family”, said…

Haka Flash Mob by Jonah Lomu for Rugby World Cup 2015

Haka Flash Mob by Jonah Lomu for Rugby World Cup 2015

Watch the rugby legend Jonah Lomu at the Covent Garden as he and the Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club and participants deliver a priceless surprise to the people of…

How Jonah Lomu Led to the Success of World Cup

How Jonah Lomu Led to the Success of World Cup

“On 18 June 1995, Rupert Murdoch was sitting in his Los Angeles office watching the World Cup semi-final between England and New Zealand,” Sydney Morning Herald rugby columnist Spiro Zavos writes. “England winger Tony…

What’s Not to like about Grown Men Dancing?

What’s Not to like about Grown Men Dancing?

English socialite and sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton, who prefers “rugger” to soccer, explains the game to Vanity Fair readers in the latest issue of the magazine, mentioning the “battle cry”…

An Audience with Jonah Lomu

An Audience with Jonah Lomu

Rugby great Jonah Lomu – who had sixty-three caps as an All Black and is the Rugby World Cup all-time top try scorer – was in Lomond, Ireland in November to meet with fans…

Wowing the Wallabies

Wowing the Wallabies

All Black legend Jonah Lomu surprised Australia’s players by dropping in on a training session ahead of their World Cup third place victory match against Wales. Auckland-born Lomu, 36, who was recently discharged from…

Most Influential Player Ever

Most Influential Player Ever

Jonah Lomu, “a defender’s worst nightmare” is “rugby’s ‘most influential’ figure the sport has ever seen”, taking the number one spot of Stephen Jones’ Top 2 Countdown in a 12-week series featured in The…

Most compelling on earth

Most compelling on earth

“If there’s been a bad New Zealand side over the years, I must have missed it,” the Telegraph’s Paul Ackford writes, admitting to being “consumed by the All Blacks”. “You can sneer as much…

Best Shape Yet

Best Shape Yet

Jonah Lomu, 34, returns to rugby this month playing for French amateur side Marseille-Vitrolles and he says he is in the best shape ever. Once the most feared man in world rugby, Lomu, who…

Rugby’s Adonis

Rugby’s Adonis

“Ladies and gentlemen – introducing the new Jonah Lomu,” announces Alison Kervin in an article for The Sunday Times. “The awesome New Zealand wing who tore the England defence to pieces on a memorable…

Lomu Gets Ripped

Lomu Gets Ripped

Former All Black great Jonah Lomu, 34, stepped back into the limelight coming second in the Men’s Open over-90kg class at the NZFBB Body Building Championships in Wellington, an exercise in weight-loss before making…

Back for More

Back for More

Rugby great Jonah Lomu, 34, is to join French third division side Marseille Vitrolles. And Lomu hopes that, together with fellow new boys Alain Hyardet, Isitolo Maka, Julian Vulakoro and David Gerard, he can…

Dark Past Revisited

Dark Past Revisited

New Zealand-born Zak Feaunati, a former Samoan international rugby player, has been selected to play All Black legend Jonah Lomu in the upcoming film The Human Factor. The film includes the Springboks’ victory over…

Memories of Bledisloe

Memories of Bledisloe

In 2000, in front of 109,874 spectators jammed into Sydney’s Stadium Australia, Jonah Lomu landed the tenth try in a nerve-racking Bledisloe match beating Australia 39-35. Swerving in towards his wing opponent, Andrew Walker,…

Lomu in Charity Match

Lomu in Charity Match

Rugby World Cup’s top try-scorer Jonah Lomu, 33, will play for the International Select XV in a charity match called, ‘Help the Heroes’ at Twickenham in September. The fundraiser will be staged to help…

Jonah Lomu: All Blacks Legend

Jonah Lomu: All Blacks Legend

Watch some career highlights of All Blacks legend, Jonah Lomu.

Order of Merit for Lomu and Fagan

Order of Merit for Lomu and Fagan

Two NZ sports greats were made members of the New Zealand Order of Merit at this year’s investiture ceremony. All Black legend Jonah Lomu and sheep shearing champion David Fagan (pictured) both received…

Watch This Space

Watch This Space

Former All Black star Jonah Lomu believes he is back to his physical peak and will not rule out a return to rugby – or even a switch to rugby league. “It’s irrelevant what everyone else…

NZ Ranks Swell at Creative Hotspot

NZ Ranks Swell at Creative Hotspot

Geoff Coyle is the latest New Zealander to join advertising powerhouse 180 in Amsterdam, bringing the combined total to eight. “Of the 23 nationalities employed here, NZ is by far the most over-represented group,” said Coyle’s…

Impossible is Nothing to Lomu

Impossible is Nothing to Lomu

All Black legend Jonah Lomu is one of 21 elite athletes to feature in the latest advertising campaign by Adidas. Titled Impossible is Nothing, the series shows internationally recognised sports figures discussing how they overcame adversity in their…

One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

Jonah Lomu is making a strong recovery from his July kidney transplant and has already named next year’s rugby sevens world cup as his comeback date. “That’s great news because sevens can provide him with the perfect…

Jonah, His Story

Jonah, His Story

Rugby icon Jonah Lomu is back in the news thanks to the release of his highly-anticipated autobiography, Jonah My Story. The Age praises the “simple yet emotionally taut language” Lomu uses to portray his rise from troubled and…

Giant of the Game Acknowledged by IRPA

Giant of the Game Acknowledged by IRPA

The International Rugby Players Association (IRPA) presented Jonah Lomu with its discretionary Special Merit Award at a ceremony in Sydney on November 18. Lomu, described by The Star as “the face of the last two World Cups,”…

Robin Williams: “I Realised I Could Fall Out of Jonah’s Nose …”

Robin Williams: “I Realised I Could Fall Out of Jonah’s Nose …”

Jonah Lomu has announced his withdrawal from this year’s NPC competition, and has given up any hope of making the 2003 World Cup squad. The most famed of wingers has experienced foot and calf muscle problems…

Zealand of Approval

Zealand of Approval

Waiheke retreat gets relaxed raves in Wallpaper: “There should be more lodges like Delamore. Abandoning the servere straight lines of urban architecture, this four-suite sanctuary is deliciously organic, setting off the rugged surroundings of Waiheke Island. All…

Kiwi Battlers

Kiwi Battlers

NZ-born rugby player, Tony Marsh, has won his battle against testicular cancer and a place in France’s World Cup squad. Marsh cites American Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong – who was also diagnosed with testicular cancer…

Greatest Games’ Moments

Greatest Games’ Moments

An Observer run-down of the 10 greatest Commonwealth Games’ moments gives two spots to NZ achievers. No. 4: one of the finest middle distance races run, the 1974 1,500m race between John Walker and Tanzania’s Filbert Bavi…

King of the Rings

King of the Rings

“New Zealand has always reserved its greatest adulation for sporting giants like Richard Hadlee and Jonah Lomu, but a place must now be found on the victory dais for director Peter Jackson What…

School of Hard Knocks

School of Hard Knocks

Jonah Lomu talks to The Independent about growing up on South Auckland’s mean streets. “I lost an uncle; decapitated in a shopping centre, and a cousin who was stabbed. That’s when my mother said I was…

Celebrity Race

Celebrity Race

Former Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie narrowly beats rugby star Jonah Lomu in a 50m novelty race set up to promote next year’s Commonwealth Games in Manchester. “When he pushed out of the block I thought, he’s been…

On a Wing and a Prayer

On a Wing and a Prayer

Jonah Lomu, “the world’s greatest living player and rugby’s most global individual commodity”, turns to the Bible for inspiration on the rugby field. Says Lomu, “It says there, ’tis greater to give than receive’, so that’s what…

This is Your Life: Jonah Lomu

This is Your Life: Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu is lost for words when Michael Aspel accosts him at rugby training in England with the red “This is your Life” book, before taking him to the BBC studios. A long list of rugby…

Music to His Ears

Music to His Ears

Jonah is a big man – and he’s got a car stereo to match.

Jonah scores

Jonah scores

Jonah saves the fish in Epica d’Or-winning, New Zealand-filmed Adidas ad.

Rugger Scrum

Rugger Scrum

Recent south-north tests have created a scrum among sport journalist, players and coaches over playing style and rule reform SMH likes the running game, French coach describes losses as “no-brainers“, Welsh coach Kiwi Graham Henry has…

Well-ing-ton!

Well-ing-ton!

Wellington took out the NPC, beating a Canterbury side that fielded 12 AB’s in the starting line up. International stars did their bit for the Lions, with Lomu scoring twice and Cullen setting up for Inoki…

Jonah Joins the Kids

Jonah Joins the Kids

Eighty school children from around the world joined in the “Forever Sports Challenge” during the Olympics. Some major sporting metal flew in to assist with the challenge, including Jonah Lomu as specialist warm-up coach.

“The Greatest Game Ever Played? This One’s the Winner”

“The Greatest Game Ever Played? This One’s the Winner”

A world record crowd at Stadium Australia witnessed what was acclaimed as one of the great test matches. A waltzing Jonah scored the winning try in injury time in a miraculous end to a thrilling match,…

Jonah the Barbarian: Tackled by Media Frenzy

Jonah the Barbarian: Tackled by Media Frenzy

“Images of him snarling, smiling and sneering as he tore through defenses like a crazy cartoon character were the most memorable of the tournament and his performance has gone down as one of the the most almighty…

Superstar Jonah Shows that He’s got Grass-roots

Superstar Jonah Shows that He’s got Grass-roots

Rugby superstar Jonah Lomu, shows he still knows what the game’s all about in the professional era, and will play for a local club in the Wellington second division club rugby competition.  

Jonah and a Large Fish: a Biblical Sports Story?

Jonah and a Large Fish: a Biblical Sports Story?

Rugby Superstar Jonah Lomu joins Anna Kournikova and David Beckham to star in Adidas global advertising campaign. The ad was shot in New Zealand.