The advice legend Jonah Lomu had for young players is spot on

Everybody was shocked when All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu passed away aged 40 in 2015.

A real life superhero, Lomu scored 37 tries in 63 matches for New Zealand between 1994 and 2002.

The advice he had for young players when speaking to the Independent in 2001 was simply perfect.

“I’d tell them to enjoy the game and everything else will follow,” said Lomu.

“They need to train as hard as they can but enjoying the game is the most important thing.

“I discovered rugby union when I went to boarding school – it was the only contact sport they played.”


20 Things You Didn’t Know About Jonah Lomu!

RUCK.co.uk shares with you 20 not so well known facts about the late, great All Black legend Jonah Lomu.

1. Size & Power

He weighed 120 kg and was 1.96 metres tall, but could run 100 metres in 10.8 seconds


2. Kidney transplant

After it was confirmed he needed a transplant, the kidney was donated by Wellington radio presenter and Lomu’s long-term friend Grant Kereama.


3. McDonald’s

n 1996, McDonald’s New Zealand named a burger after Lomu, temporarily rebranding the McFeast burger line (called “Mega Feast” in New Zealand) as the “Jonah Burger”.


4. Still fresh…

He only had two All Black caps heading into the Rugby World Cup in 1995


5. On screen…

He is portrayed by Isaac Fe’aunati in Invictus, a film chronicling Nelson Mandela’s journey with the South African rugby team in the 1995 World Cup.

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