With rugby union losing one of its greatest icons a year ago today, we thought it appropriate to share with you five not so well know facts about the late, great All Black legend.
1) 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.
2) Despite his proficiency at scoring (he currently sits fifth all-time among New Zealand players and 16th in the world), Lomu never crossed the line against South Africa in 12 appearances.
3) In his two RWC appearances, Lomu notched 15 tries in 10 matches. In fact, other than the two games against South Africa, Jonah scored in every single World Cup match he’s played in.
4) He only had two All Black caps heading into the Rugby World Cup in 1995
5) At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, he won a gold medal representing New Zealand in the Sevens Rugby event.
Feel free to take this new knowledge forth and tell everyone you know to celebrate the life of one of the true sporting heroes of all time.