Jonah Lomu has been doing a tour around Auckland recently signing copies of his new book which is an updated version of his life story. If you have a look in the Britannica online (by going through EPIC) you will find an article by John Nauright listing all the many records held by Jonah Lomu and describing why he was such a great rugby player, until he was forced out of the game with health problems. To give you some idea of his achievements the article begins:
“Jonah Tali Lomu, (born May 12, 1975, Auckland , N.Z.) New Zealand rugby union football player who was perhaps rugby’s first global icon and a remarkable player.
Lomu was the youngest person to play for the New Zealand national team, the All Blacks, debuting on the wing at age 19 against France in 1994. The following year, he was named Player of the Tournament in the Rugby World Cup and was the first All Black since 1905 to score four tries against England in a Test (international) match. At 6 feet 5 inches (1.95 metres) and 275 pounds (125 kg), Lomu was exceptionally large for a wing player. Blessed with great speed (he ran 100 metres in under 11 seconds) and power, he was difficult to stop and often ran over opponents.”
I remember admiring Jonah’s skill and exciting play when I lived in England, and it was a somewhat unreal experience and a real privilege to meet him on Saturday and shake his hand.