November 18, 2015

Jonah Lomu: New Zealand great changed rugby - Clive Woodward - #AllBlacks

"The young Lomu hung out with a gang that beat people up on the streets and stole cars.
New Zealand great Jonah Lomu will be remembered for "changing rugby union", says former England head coach Sir Clive Woodward.

Lomu, 40, died on Wednesday at home in Auckland. He had been diagnosed with a rare kidney condition in 1995.

He was capped 63 times for the All Blacks and became a global star after scoring four tries against England in the 1995 World Cup in South Africa.

Jonah Lomu doing the Haka alongside his All Blacks brothers
"He took rugby to a whole new level," Woodward told BBC Radio 4.

"There's very rarely one player who dominates a whole World Cup and he certainly did."

Lomu made his Test debut in 1994 and was only 20 years old when he faced England in the 1995 semi-final in Cape Town.

Standing 6ft 5in (196cm) and weighing 18 stone (119kg), he famously bulldozed several players and ran straight over the top of full-back Mike Catt on his way to one of four tries in the Al Blacks' 45-29 win.

"He was unstoppable," said Woodward, who led England to the World Cup in 2003.

"For the first time ever you had this incredibly gifted, large, very fast athlete on the wing.

"Wingers are usually small and nimble. Suddenly you had this huge guy who was big and fast and amazing. He changed rugby."

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