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Jonah Lomu: the World Cup that created a legend

Jonah Lomu: the World Cup that created a legend
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One of the great joys of covering rugby around the 49ers Blaine Gabbert Womens Jersey globe was the sight of Jonah Lomu charging through the 1995 World Cup. The high veld and coastal landscapes of South Africa were the venues for the emergence of this rugby superstar whose exploits persuaded media baron Rupert Murdoch that he must galvanise the sport into a fully professional code. Get me that man, Murdoch told his henchmen, no excuses, no maybes. Sign Jonah and we have the jewel we need to lead this rugby revolution. A year before, on test debut as the youngest in All Black history, Lomu was uncertain in two tests against France, but that was gone in Johannesburg through Bloemfontein to Pretoria then Cape Town. His transformation was remarkable. The gauche teenager was replaced by a thundering keg of explosive venom on the All Blacks left wing. In a rugby land which lauded size and power, Lomu came Dane Fletcher Youth Jersey with super-sized quantities of both, topped with deft ball-handling skills, superb balance and a sense of timing which astounded his opponents and those of us fortunate to cover that extraordinary tournament. When All Black coach Laurie Mains picked Lomu in 1994, the shy wing never quite got to grips with his job description. But after a punishing fitness schedule and massive encouragement from people like Eric Rush to stick with rugby and fend away offers from rival codes, Lomu was picked for the World Cup. Frenzied hordes of fans We wondered about his influence but did not have to wait long as Lomu smashed into his work with two tries in the opening test with Ireland. His impact spread quickly, but only a few knew he was playing with the debilitating effects of kidney nephritis. "I went to the World Cup in '95 knowing I was sick," Lomu later revealed. While the All Blacks were feted in their usual way at Johannesburg Airport at the start of the tournament, there was no special crowd focus on Lomu. He was a strapping young wing with two mediocre http://www.officialcoltsnflstore.com/greg-toler-jersey_c-405.html tests on his CV while Sean Fitzpatrick, Richard Loe and Zinzan Brooke were the team legends. They lost that status very quickly while Lomu was assigned his personal bodyguard as his presence at any shopping centre or tourist haunt was a magnet for frenzied hordes.

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