Jonah Lomu 1975-2015. The Man Who Changed Rugby.

I woke up today to the news that Jonah Lomu had died at the age of forty from a heart attack. When you’ve seen a sportsman at the peak of his powers as I had not once but twice, then this comes as a sad shock, especially when you’ve also met him for a BBC World interview in which he was not only deeply engaging but also searingly honest.

I was there in 1995 in Capetown when he trampled over the England defence to send the All-Blacks to victory in the World Cup semi-final…and there again at Twickenham when he was on the losing side in that high scoring semi against France. But to sit opposite him in a BBC studio and hear him talk of his childhood and the brutality of his father was even more astonishing.

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I woke up today to the news that Jonah Lomu had died at the age of forty from a heart attack. When you’ve seen a sportsman at the peak of his powers as I had not once but twice, then … Continue reading