33 Facts About Jonah Lomu

1. Jonah Lomu was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007 and the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2011.

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2. Jonah 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.

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3. Jonah Lomu has scored the most tries in Rugby World Cup history.

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4. In 1994, Jonah Lomu made his debut for the team at just 19 years, 45 days, which is still the youngest-ever debut.

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5. Jonah Lomu 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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6. Jonah Lomu was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours list on 4 June 2007.

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7. Jonah Lomu was the director and a shareholder in Global 11 Travel, which was liquidated in 1999.

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8. Jonah Lomu was a subject of the British version of This Is Your Life in 2002 when he was surprised by Michael Aspel while trying with the All Blacks in Edinburgh.

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9. On 9 April 2007, Jonah Lomu appeared on New Zealand's version of This Is Your Life, in which he was reunited with long time friend Grant Kereama, who had donated a kidney to Lomu when he underwent a kidney transplant in July 2004.

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10. Jonah Lomu was a member of the Champions for Peace club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organisation.

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11. In 1996, Jonah Lomu married South African Tanya Rutter and they lived together in New Zealand for four years before divorcing, of which his family never approved.

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12. Jonah Lomu spent some of his early childhood in Tonga with his aunt Longo and uncle Mosese, and lived in the Auckland suburb of Mangere.

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13. Jonah Lomu was born in Greenlane Hospital on 12 May 1975.

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14. Jonah Lomu 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.

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15. Jonah Lomu had a powerful fend and subtle body swerve.

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16. Jonah Lomu set a record of 15 tries in World Cup tournaments, which was equalled by South African Bryan Habana in 2015.

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17. Jonah Lomu scored tries against every major test playing nation in World Rugby except South Africa and Wales (3 matches).

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18. Jonah Lomu started the match at centre then moved to number 8, the position he played as a youngster in New Zealand.

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19. Jonah Lomu was offered a contract with the Gold Coast Titans, a new Queensland franchise in the National Rugby League competition, but turned it down as it would have been difficult to reconcile his sponsorship contracts with companies associated with rugby union.

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20. Jonah Lomu broke his ankle near the end of his first game back, ending his season with Cardiff.

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21. Jonah Lomu spent the early part of 2006 sidelined while he concentrated on gaining speed and strength not playing again until April.

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22. Jonah Lomu made his first appearance in a competitive match since his transplant on 10 December 2005, with a 60-minute effort in Cardiff's away Heineken Cup fixture against Italian club Calvisano.

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23. Jonah Lomu came off the bench in the All Blacks first game of the 2002 Tri Nations Series against South Africa, though he did not play in the rest of the tournament.

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24. Jonah Lomu was again injected into play from the bench in the first of a two test series against Ireland in New Zealand; helping New Zealand to an uninspiring win.

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25. Jonah Lomu put the All Blacks in front with a try after Argentina took an early lead.

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26. Jonah Lomu started 2000 with big victories over Tonga and Scotland.

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27. Jonah Lomu played in the two warm up matches, scoring tries against Wales 'A' and Emerging England.

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28. Jonah Lomu played for the All Blacks in matches against the touring Samoa and Scotland teams in June 1996, scoring in one of the Scottish matches.

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29. Jonah Lomu scored a try in the second test in Paris, helping his team to victory.

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30. Jonah Lomu shares the Rugby World Cup all-time try scoring record of 15 tries, which he accumulated in only two tournaments.

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31. Jonah Lomu was widely acknowledged as the top player at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa even though New Zealand lost the final to the host South Africa.

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32. Jonah Lomu was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame on 9 October 2007, and the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011.

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33. Jonah Lomu became the youngest ever All Black when he played his first international in 1994 at the age of 19 years and 45 days.

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