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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jonah Lomu Documentary - Part 1

Jonah Lomu Documentary - Part 1

Johan Lomu was meant to play in this past weekend's Help For Heroes match at Twickenham, but he unfortunately picked up an injury in training, so instead of showing a clip of him in action from a week ago, I thought it would be a good time to stick this in depth short documentary up.

The video, which features some extremely rare footage of Jonah, has been cut down to two 15 minute segments, the first of which you'll be viewing now. The dvd was handed out at his comeback game in 2005, where he scored a try vs the Martin Johnson Invitational XV. He unfortunately picked up a shoulder injury on that day, but it was a tremendous achievement just be out there to after all his body had been through.

The clip goes all the way back to when Jonah was 14, with insight from former coaches and teachers as it goes through his progression from talented forward, to all conquering All Black wing.

We get to see never before seen footage of Lomu in his early days on the Sevens circuit, Super 12 action with the Blues and Hurricanes, his meteoric rise at the 1995 World Cup, behind the scenes gym sessions, and a whole lot more.

We highly recommended giving this a watch, so if there is one thing you do this weekend, make sure you find 15 minutes to sit down and watch it with a buddy, your old man, or even just on your own as it's thoroughly enjoyable and you'll get to see more of the great man in action than ever before.

Time: 15:19
Note: Video editing is as incoming, so one or two bits have bad cuts, but it's no train smash.

Posted by Rugbydump at 12:54 pm | View Comments (43)

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Rob September 27, 2008 1:23 pm

Fantastic clip RD!!! Enjoyed that immensely. As a Brit I think it's fair to say that Lomu has given us our fair share of heartache but no hard feelings eh? What a player, what a guy. A true hero of the sport. Can't wait for part 2! It would be interesting to see if anyone ever managed to put in a decent tackle on this guy - seems like it would be impossible.

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Ryan September 27, 2008 1:36 pm

yeah awesome video... its amazing to hear how big he was as a 14 year old... hearing that he was probably as big as most normal rugby players at the age of 10! what a beast.. and a fantastic player.

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abs7 September 27, 2008 2:20 pm

met this guy a few times, my fathers best friend was phil... the guy is a true legend and am loving this, great idea rugbydump you are the best rugby site on the planet.........

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opfazonk September 27, 2008 2:50 pm

damn, i'm getting goose bumps throughout the whole video!good idea to post something from that legend again :)to rob: i think i remember a big hit by an australian player on lomu, but i think i remember too, that he wasn't really looking for / expecting it :D

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japanmannz September 27, 2008 2:50 pm

I have met him a couple of times as well when he was playing for the hurricanes. he a great player and a cool guy to talk to. He did however make some crazy mistakes while he was playing for the hurricanes. one I can remember was chasing the ball down into his own corner then instead of kicking it out, he kicked it over his head right into the hands of Jeff Wilson (He is a legend to)

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sacricketer September 27, 2008 5:13 pm

anyone know if this documentary is for sale anywhere?? this should be a part of every rugger's video collection...

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Robert September 27, 2008 5:16 pm

did he ever score against sa?

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Greiffel September 27, 2008 5:22 pm

^ never :)

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opfazonk September 27, 2008 5:24 pm

just watched it again and now i gotta ask something: is there ANYONE around who himself or who knows anyone else who can do that crazy balance stuff on this ball???? i didnt really recon it the first time, but as i watched it now it really kinda blows my mind :D

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Anonymous September 27, 2008 5:52 pm

like other guy had said in other comment I would really enjoy to see jonah lomu receiving a big hit!!although i suppose that was impossible!!

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moon February 26, 2015 1:41 am

Ive been despretly trying to find the video footage of when Jonah olaying for Counties tried running it through the North Harbour forward pack. Richard Turner smashed him in a crunching tackle and Jonah became very shy of the ball the remainder of that game.

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Shaft September 27, 2008 6:01 pm

One of the best ever tackles I saw on him was in the 95 WC final by Japie Mulder. Took him around the thighs and hit him into touch. There was also one in the same game by Os du Randt and Joost van der Westhuizen. Brought him down very quick.

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Smitty September 27, 2008 6:42 pm

Awesome clip. What a legend of the game. Changed the sport forever.

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bD September 27, 2008 7:04 pm

nice clip RD!! BRILLIANT about his balance huh? spose hes right about putting on too much mass tho imagine if he didnt listen he would be massive lol

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felix September 27, 2008 7:41 pm

opfazonk - the swiss ball balance excercise he does is pretty impressive but most top athletes will be able to do that. i saw tennis player andrew murray doing something similar. it's tough but not that tough.

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Anonymous September 27, 2008 8:10 pm

that's an amazing video

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EARugbyfan September 27, 2008 8:53 pm

I just want to thank you, RD, for yet another wonderful clip. This clip is very inspirational.Thanks again. Keep it up !!

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Sambobly September 27, 2008 10:33 pm

That was a very enjoyable video, and I'm very much looking forward to the second part. My favourite tackle on Lomu has to be George Gregan in 2000. Jonah weighed 118 Kg and GG weighed 76 Kg, pulled him down one on one on the sideline, got up and stripped the ball. Inspirational stuff.

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Cheyanqu September 28, 2008 12:10 am

What a legend.I was fascinated by the whole swiss ball training.I first heard that Annika Sorenstam can do the same (with shoes and barefoot), and was amazed.It's one thing for a golfer to be able to do that -- coordination and body control are paramount.However, it's totally another to see a guy with the size and strength of Lomu to be able to do the same.Would be great if US television brought back some of their old 1970s, "Battle of the Stars", where they would have athletes from different disciplines compete against each other. I'd love to see Lomu in something like that.

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boomshanka September 28, 2008 12:24 am

Playing school rugby in Counties you heard a lot about this freak no.8 from Wesley College who could run a sub 11s 100m and kick drop goals from half-waydunno how much of that was true but our school 1st XV, which came 4th in the comp, got nailed by his team 52-0

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elliot September 28, 2008 12:54 am

Jesus, I would hate to be a winger or fullback going up against a beast like Lomu. When there's nearly no way to stop the man, that's pretty mentally defeating.That being said, I could watch this video all day. I'd feel a little bad for the backs sent to bring him down, but the man is simply amazing.

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Anonymous September 28, 2008 2:01 am

RD- Great video, documentary's on the legends are always awesome to watch.

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Don September 28, 2008 6:37 am

I worship Lomu like a god and this just made my day, thanks so much RD.

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Anonymous September 28, 2008 11:29 am

So watching this made me there a winger in the past or present that is as good a Lomu?????????

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stephanie September 28, 2008 2:55 pm

there are no wingers that combine jonahs talents full stop. alesana tuilagi is a big guy, but hes not quick and agile, it takes him ages to get going and he doesnt see the space as well as lomu. caucau could be considered, as he is pretty beefy and fast as well, although he relys on his speed rather than strength, plus hes not actually super strong hes just a freak. so ye caucau is the only play who is similar in that he can go through or run round you, but id say jonah is the king!

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Alain September 28, 2008 3:28 pm

y is it dat the blue always hav the best wings..jonah repeni and joe..3 of the best wings ever..interesting facts..jonah never scored against south africa and he is actually tongain..tnx RD

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Anonymous September 28, 2008 3:44 pm

LOL great vid ....but i found it qite funny when the old guys tummy started to rumble at 4:02...and yes he is a bloody monster!...especially at 14!

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Don September 28, 2008 4:14 pm

Wut Stephanie said.Wow, Stephanie, if you saw this message, u just made me hot...wuts ur email girl ;) (cant ask for numbers online innit? lol)

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Anonymous September 28, 2008 4:22 pm

great video men!!! great gym training

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Anonymous September 28, 2008 10:55 pm

Habana scored as many as Jonah in the RWC...still tho with Jonah on the field people were just so much more aware of his presence. An absolute machine. True Legend, thanks RD alot!

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Anonymous September 28, 2008 10:57 pm

the thing about comparing Cau Cau with Jonah is that Cau Cau never really lived up to his expectations, don't get me worng he's one of the best. But when u look at the fact he's been banned form internation duty for smoking weed, he goes down in my estimations. Jonah all the way.

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Anonymous September 28, 2008 10:59 pm

is the second part of this documentary about what happend to the rest of his career? i dont know too much about it, i know he neeeded a kidney replacement, thats about it.

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francois September 28, 2008 11:29 pm

he's a big dude :) with a 4 guys trailer hooked behind, he still runs faster than a free harinordoquy :)about getting tackled, i can't recall, but i remember him coming down on a 18yo Vincent Clerc in one of his first caps... BAM in touch without the ball

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Joe September 29, 2008 8:16 am

prob my fav clip now is there anyway chance of getting inside the lions den?

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mpc-33 September 29, 2008 12:35 pm

I'm French = poor englishBrillant clip RD. As a french, i haven't see much documentary about big Jonah, so keep it coming guys !Respect to the player who changed everything after him...I heard his wife was waiting for a baby, maybe a futur beast winger ?

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Lilly Web September 30, 2008 11:01 am

This was amazing to watch the man was really a great rugby player I scan still remember the games he played against South Africa and how hard it was to stop him from making trys

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Biggie Smalls October 01, 2008 8:27 am

Saw a Super 12 (as it was then known) game where the Auckland Blues played the Otago Highlanders in the late 90's where Jonah marked up against his opposite winger, "The Samoan Smasher" aka "The Chiropractor", Brian Lima.Jonah was making one of his trademark runs on the left side of the field when Brian lined him front on and absolutely crunched him and put Jonah on his backside....HARD.I've been trying to find out which game so I can track down the clip and post it up on youtube or RD.Me & My Friends remember that moment as we were watching that game because until that time and since, I've never ever seen Jonah tackled FRONT-ON and get demolished.Brian was also half his size which was also the amazing thin whereas Gregan being even smaller than Brian tended to either side tackle or use Jonahs momentum to bring him down.Still....So far, there's been no one else before and now who is the perfect blend of size, acceleration and speed.

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thom_nz October 01, 2008 3:08 pm

The DVD this is from that was given out at that charity match (I was there!) was in turn actually directly copied from Jonah's own DVD which was an extended version of this. There were some great special features as well including some of his teammates and coaches favourite tries (Including a pearler against Wellington where he scored from 60 metres out, not deviating more than 5 metres from the sideline, swatting away defenders like Umaga and a fat prop like they weren't there). Well worth the purchase. Also, Richard Turner, the old captain for North Harbour in New Zealand, absolutely smashed Jonah in one game, head on. He was down hurt for awhile and both he and Eric Rush (Who he was opposing) acknowledge it was one of the biggest hits he'd recieved. Jonah was and is amazing. To quote Steve Mayhew, the All Blacks team doctor and his for so many years, because of his kidney illness, Jonah effectively played most of his career with a medical handbrake on. Imagine if he was 100%...the mind boggles.

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Cornamonian October 02, 2008 5:49 pm

i heard his kidneys packed in because he waS doing reatine before they knew what it did to you..

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Julian October 08, 2008 6:37 pm

It would be fantastic if someone could subtitle it to spanish, don't you think?Estara bueno que alguien lo subtitulara al espaol, no les parece?

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Anonymous March 07, 2009 3:28 am

all blacks vs samoa in napier 1996. brian lima smashes jonah was the first hit he ever got. wrong guy to run it to. they dont call lima the chiroprator for nothing. cant seem to find that footage anywhere tho. that game had some big hits.

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Anonymous November 25, 2010 11:40 am

Awesome, a true legend of rugby. Great clip, I dont there will ever be a player as destructive as Lomu........

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