In 1995 a young man by the name of Jonah Tali Lomu hit the 1995 Rugby World Cup with a bang, and the sport of rugby was never to be the same again. On Tuesday he turned 40, so to honour the great man we’re spending the week looking back at some of his best moments.
At 6ft5 and weighing over 118kg’s, then 20-year-old Lomu tore the tournament apart, only to be stopped for the first time in the final, by winners South Africa. Against England in the semi final he scored four tries, one of which was the famous trampling of poor Mike Catt.
Will Carling famously said post match: “He is a freak and the sooner he goes away the better”.
Lomu didn’t go away though, and went on to have an illustrious career, causing carnage more often than not. Today we wish him a very Happy 40th Birthday, and many more, and trust that you’ll enjoy this look back to where it all began for Lomu and his All Blacks career.