RIP Jonah Lomu

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New Zealand is in a state of mourning.

 Yes we are mourning what is going on in France and Syria and other war hot spots around the world. That is still an important part of our news bulletins.

But what has really hit us is the death of Jonah Lomu at the age of 40 from chronic kidney disease.

For those who don’t know, New Zealand is a rugby mad nation as I have mentioned a few times.  A couple of weeks ago we were on top of the world after winning the Rugby World Cup for the third time, and a second time in a row.

Now we are devastated to hear of Jonah Lomu’s death.  So who is Jonah Lomu?

Full name Jonah Tali Lomu
Date of birth 12 May 1975
Place of birth Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand
Date of death 18 November 2015 (aged 40)
Place of death Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 119 kg (262 lb; 18.7 st)
School Wesley College, Auckland
Notable relative(s) Andrew Lomu, John Tamanika,Seti Kiole
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Left wing
New Zealand No. 941
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2009–2010
2005–2006
2000–2001
Marseille
Cardiff Blues
Wainuiomata RFC
3
10
2
(0)
(5)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006
2000–03
1994–99
North Harbour
Wellington
Counties Manukau
3
21
28
(0)
(65)
(95)
correct as of 9 September 2006.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000–03
1999
1996–98
Hurricanes
Chiefs
Blues
29
8
22
(55)
(10)
(65)
correct as of 9 September 2006.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1994–2002 New Zealand 63 (185)
correct as of 7 March 2008.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
1994–2001 New Zealand

Just some of his stats.

What really made Jonah a superstar was his performance in the 1995 World Cup -Despite having just two All Black caps, Lomu was included in the squad for the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. Lomu scored seven tries in five matches, two in the first match against Ireland in Johannesburg, a try in the quarter final against Scotland at Loftus Versfeld, and four tries in the semi-final against England at Newlands. The first try in the English match occurred after Lomu received a pass behind him, beat two defenders and then, after a stumble, ran straight over the top of Mike Catt.[12] This reduced one New Zealand commentator, Keith Quinn, to gasps.[13] After the game, England captain Will Carling said: “He is a freak and the sooner he goes away the better”.[14] In 2002 the UK public voted Lomu’s performance no. 19 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.[15]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonah_Lomu

He became the first multi-milionaire in rugby who stayed in New Zealand, and set in place professional rugby.

Yet what made him a great man was his humility and love for his fellow men.  I got the opportunity to see him in person and listen to him talk.  He didn’t talk about his achievements which were many, but about his love for his wife and children.  That winning wasn’t everything but that we should do our best but also acknowledge our opposition.  When New Zealand lost to South Africa in the final of the 1995 cup he was the only All Black to go around and congratulate the Springboks.  He has always said that the best team won on the day.  It was the typical of him to acknowledge that the mighty All Blacks were beaten by a better team.  He would had met so many famous people in his job as an ambassador for his sport, yet all he talked about was his children and wife.

His wife is a beautiful person and he had two gorgeous sons which were miracles as he was told he would never be able to have children.  So my thoughts are with Nadene and  Brayley, 6, and Dhyreille, 5.

Thank you for visiting.

SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 – 30: HUNTING THE WILD SCOTTIE

A rosy day

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Good morning from a grey, foggy morning.

Well yesterday was an interesting day.  My family got the chance to meet the All Black legend Jonah Lomu and his wife and listen to them both talk.  An amazing experience.

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He is a sick man but is dedicated to his wife and two sons.  We were privileged to be able to shake hands with him and talk with him afterwards.  No photos of me with him, I was behind the lens of course.

While walking on the way home (we only live a few minutes walk away) I sent my family ahead as I spotted some gorgeous roses.  My camera was in my hand anyway, as it always is when I have it on me.  I just couldn’t help myself.  I am always looking around me anyway, whether I have my camera on me or not.  My children just left me to it.

So here are some gorgeous roses I came across.

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Then, last night during the rugby test my daughter happened to be walking past a window and noticed the bright moon and remarked on it, saying that it would be impossible to take photos of.  Well challenge accepted.

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I grabbed my camera and raced outside.  The first photos were shaky so I found a spot to rest my arms on and took these two photos.  I haven’t edited them at all.  She liked the affect of the clouds just covering the moon for a spooky affect.

Cheers and have a nice day,

Raewyn