Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
| Help
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 September, 2003, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK
14: Jonah Lomu
LOMU FACTFILE
Jonah Lomu
Born: 12/5/75
Nationality: New Zealand
Position: Wing
Caps: 63
Debut: v France 26/6/94
Jonah Lomu is the very essence of the World Cup.

At the age of 20 he burst onto the international scene with a series of breathtaking performances to take New Zealand to the World Cup final in 1995.

His defining moment came when he nonchalantly ran in four tries in the semi-final against England, mowing down any defenders who dared get in his way.

After the tournament his career fell away because of a kidney problem but he bounced back in stylish fashion four years on.

He resurfaced at the 1999 World Cup in England, scoring eight tries in five games.

Despite topping the try-scoring charts for a second successive tournament, he failed to make it to the final when the All Blacks were stunned by France in the semi-finals.

Whether he recaptures his best form remains to be seen but, at his peak, Lomu is one of the most exciting players in the world game.

His combination of speed and power have rarely been equalled, let alone bettered.





Links to more History stories


 

ULTIMATE WORLD CUP XV
Player profiles
 

VOTE
Who is the greatest ever Rugby World Cup player?
David Campese (Aus)
John Eales (Aus)
Michael Jones (NZ)
Jonah Lomu (NZ)
Francois Pienaar (SA)
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

World Cup Dream XV

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs

MMIX

Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | US Sport | Other Sport | Olympics 2004

Scores & Fixtures | Have Your Say | Photo Galleries | TV/Radio Listings

Fun and Games | Question of Sport | BBC Sport Extra

Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport