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Pre-match ritual
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Jonah Lomu on the charge against France for New Zealand
Ice baths are the best way to recover after a match

Jonah Lomu

My pre-match superstition starts on a Thursday.

I usually shave my head and sleep loads on the day of the match.

My pre-match meal consists of mashed potatoes, spaghetti and six egg whites and I'm usually walking around with my headphones on.

Jonah has his headphones on before a big match
Listening to music helps Jonah to relax

Most players know what they have to eat, what their ideal body weight is, so we basically look after ourselves.

But we do get guidance from a nutritionist.

After a hard match, there's nothing better than dipping into an ice bath!

You're body is pretty battered and bruised after a heavy game.

It's the best way to recover from the aches and pains.



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Jonah first started playing in the second row before switching to the wing


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