Jonah Lomu Biography, Facts, Childhood, Family, Life, Wiki, Age, Work, Rugby Player

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Jonah Lomu started playing rugby professionally at 14 and was a player alongside New Zealand sevens star Eric Rush. Rush had been so impressed by his player that He invited him to play in an international sevens event in Singapore.

He was introduced to the sport of rugby union at a game at Te Kuiti. At first, he began his union rugby career as a forward flanker with open sides. At times, he played blindside.

In 1993 at the age of 18 years old, he played for New Zealand in the national under-19 team and the under-21 team.

At 19 years old, at the age of 19, he was the youngest All Black test player as the team played France in 1994. He broke the record established by Edgar Wrigley in 1905. He was part of the team of the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, where he scored seven tries over five games.

New Zealand played against Australia in the Bledisloe Cup, and Lomu scored scores of tries in two games. Also, he scored two scores during the New Zealand national team All Blacks win over Italy during the game in Bologna. The team fell to France in Toulouse and he was not able to score any scores. However, he scored a score in the second match in Paris and helped his team beat France.


South Africa, New Zealand and Australia formed the Tri-Nations which is an annual tournament between the three countries, where New Zealand won all the matches to become one of the initial Tri-Nations winners. Lomu scored a goal during a 43-6 win against Australia.

The year 1996 was the first time he was forced to take off a few days from his sport following receiving a diagnosis of a severe kidney disease. But, towards close of the year He was a part of the All Blacks tour of the northern hemisphere. During the two warm-up games He scored scores against Wales “A” in addition to Emerging England.

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The last time it came to the time that English rugby team faced New Zealand in 1998, He scored in the first test, which was a victory of 64-22 in Dunedin but not during the second test.

In 1999, during the game against Samoa He was the one to score one of All Blacks’ nine tries. In all, he scored eight attempts during the 1999 World Cup. In pool games, too the player scored two attempts against Tonga and one with England while he scored another against Italy.

He was a key player in 2000 and was instrumental in helping the team to win huge victories against Tonga in addition to Scotland. The first game for the 2000 Tri Nations Series witnessed an unprecedented crowd of 109,874, which was regarded as the’match to remember’. In the game, Lomu won the match with a winning goal.

The year 2001 was the time he took part in his 50th Test for the All Blacks at the Carisbrook “House of Pain’, and scored one try in the 2nd minute of play. It was followed by winning against South Africa. He also played in his debut game in the match against Northern United, and scored two times. The match was attended by a massive crowd.

The year 2002 was the first time Jonah Lomu scored a score against Italy. He was a part of a game against the Irish who New Zealand won 40-8. He also took part in during the Tri Nations Series against South Africa. When he played England in November the team scored two tries, however New Zealand lost the game. Because of his illness, he was unable to take part in any international games for several months following the incident.

He resumed playing the sport in 2005. In April of 2005 the player signed a contract for two years to join the New Zealand first division provincial team North Harbour in NPC. He was unable to play in the initial season due to a shoulder injury.

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North Harbour gave him permission to play with his club, the Cardiff Blues. The Blues scored their first goal with Cardiff in December 2005 as a man of the match in a win by 41-23 over the Newport Gwent Dragons.

He injured his ankle and after healing, he was back at North Harbour for the 2006 NPC season. He took on Marist during North Harbour’s North Harbour club competition. He also played against Wellington and the team taking victory 31-16. Due to his kidney failing his kidney was failing, and he stepped down professionally in the year 2007 However, he did play in some match for charity.

Awards and Achievements

in 1995 Jonah Lomu was named Player of the Tournament during the Rugby World Cup and was the first All Black since 1905 to score four scores against England in the course of a test match.

In the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur He received a gold medal as a representative of New Zealand in the Sevens Rugby event.

In 2002 people in the UK public voted for Lomu’s performance during the 1995 World Cup as no. 19 in the top 20 of 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.

He was the youngest athlete to score 10 test match tries in a single game and was the first player with 12 test match attempts the course of a single year.

Private Life

In 1996, Jonah Lomu married South African Tanya Rutter. They remained with each other for four years New Zealand before they divorced. He got married to Fiona in the month of August 2003, however, they divorced in 2008 because of his romance in a relationship with Nadene Quirk.

He was married to Nadene in 2011 and had two children: Brayley and Dhyreille. At the time of his death the couple was living together Nadene.

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He was a part of the Champions for Peace club, an elite group of 54 elite athletes who are committed to preserving peace around the globe through sports. The year 1996 was the time McDonald’s New Zealand named the burger “Jonah Burger” in honor of Lomu.

In 1995 in 1995, he was diagnosed Nephrotic Syndrome, a severe kidney disease. While being treated for the condition, he decided to put his rugby union career on the back burner. The year 2003 was the time he was placed on dialysis and, due to the adverse effects the nerves in his legs and feet were badly damaged.

In 2004, he had an organ transplant during a kidney transplant in Auckland, New Zealand. A long-time acquaintance of his Grant Kereama, who was a Wellington radio host and donor of his kidney, gave him the organ. On the 18th of November in 2015, Lomu passed away in Auckland because of an attack of the heart that was due to kidney problems.

Despite making millions in his time playing rugby however, he faced a serious financial difficulties due to previous divorces and kidney diseases treatment as well as unsuccessful business ventures. When he died, death, he was owed funds from property investments as well as loans used to purchase personal vehicles. He had sold the properties he owned which included the Maupuia mansion, yet lacking funds in his final days.

New Zealand’s rugby players set up a trust fund that would help his two sons following his death. It was discovered that he had a petty debt at the time of his death.

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