History's HEROES? Dated May 12th 1975 - November 18th 2015

Jonah Lomu

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Auckland, New Zealand
He was born in Auckland and died there too.


  • First rugby superstar
  • 37 tries
  • 15 tries in the Rugby World Cups
  • 63 caps


  • Brave / Courageous
  • A good and strong leader
  • Altruistic (puts other first e.g. risks or gives life for others)
  • Clever
  • Visionary (has far reaching ideas)
  • Has integrity (stands up for what they believe and act accordingly)
  • Perseverant / Tenacious (keeps going despite challenges)
  • Decisive
  • Single minded / Focused (has a purpose)
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Determined
  • Ambitious
  • Honest
  • Kind and compassionate
  • Just and fair minded


"The biggest thing for me is just to get out on that field. Just to do that will be incredible." - Jonah Lomu

"He was a freak of rugby player, but an absolute gent off the pitch and someone you would really love your kids to look up to - a real superstar of the game that had all the qualities you would hope to have in a hero." - Brian O'Driscoll

A rugby legend

The best rugby player ever.

Jonah Lomu first played rugby league before joining rugby union. He took part in the 1995 Rugby World Cup after winning only two All Blacks caps. Soon he became the strongest and most impressive player on the rugby stage. Through the years, he won 63 caps, scored 37 tries and set a record of 15 tries in the World Cup games. He retired in 2007 due to kidney problems. He played several charity matches throughout his career to raise money to support different causes.

Life in Jonah Lomu's world

He began playing rugby before the media got interested in this sport.

Was Jonah Lomu a Hero?

Things you might not know about Jonah Lomu

He was the youngest All Black player ever (19 years and 45 days).
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