20 Things You Didn't Know About Jonah Lomu! - Page 3 of 4 - Ruck

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Jonah Lomu!

11. Humble beginnings 

The only thing Lomu ever got teased about was going to athletics with no shoes. He’d either run barefooted when all the other kids had shoes and spikes.

12. His tattoos

“I have a few, six to be exact, and they all mean something different. I have Nadene on my left arm as she is my wife and the mother of our two children, Brayley my oldest son and Dhyreille the youngest, their names are on my right arm. On my shoulder I have a Maori and Tongan designed tattoo which represents my journey all through rugby which has a touch of French and Welsh design incorporated. The tatt on my back “POWER WITHIN” is my life motto. The 11 on my chest was the first of all tatts which was done in a garage, it should have only taken 30 minutes but took a few hours as he didn’t want to make a mistake lol.’

13. Scrum power.

 He generally stayed out on his wing, but would occasionally replace Zinzan Brooke at the back of the scrum if the All Blacks wanted more power.

14. Sons

He married his wife Nadene in 2011 and at the time of his death he was living with her and their children, Brayley and Dhyreille.

15. Code-swap

As a youngster however, Lomu first played rugby league. His introduction to rugby union came through a tournament in Te Kuiti where he stayed with Glyn Meads, son of famous All Black Colin Meads.


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