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Flash Mob Haka featuring Jonah Lomu MNZM September 16 2015, 13 Comments

Jonah Lomu has taken part in the haka, in Covent Garden, London, ahead of the Rugby World Cup. 

“It’s always an honour to perform the haka, whether you’re representing your nation in front of 80,000 people or performing for a group of unsuspecting rugby fans,” Lomu said.

It's even been a really special moment for me having my wife, Nadene and my two boys Brayley and Dhyreille present to watch me perform the haka in London's iconic Covent Garden.

"I didn't think I would perform the haka again," Lomu said. "My two sons have never seen me do the haka before and this has brought it to life for me. It is something special for them as previously they have only seen videos."

Lomu, as a Mastercard ambassador for the tournament, had a stormy relationship with his own father, but after words from Nadene and her example of forgiveness and love, she clearly mended torn hearts after 17 years apart. Lomu's father died two years ago but the rift was non existent and Lomu's son's Brayley and Dhyreille as well as Lomu and his wife, all had memories to cherish. Lomu has said he's determined to make the most of his own sons.

My two sons have never seen me do the haka before and this has brought it to life for me. It is something special for them.  "I do want to see them grow into grown men and I pray my health condition will allow me to do so, through the will of the man above," said Lomu.

"Whether they play rugby or not doesn't matter. I just want them to be healthy and to grow. One thing as a dad you don't want is for them to come to any harm or anything bad to happen to them.

"The illnesses and pain I'm going through, I don't want them to experience that, no dad wants that.

"This [the World Cup trip] is a great experience for them. This is where rugby started, so what a way to take two kids on a journey.

"I'm their dad and I'm trying to set an example and my beautiful wife ensures I do everything I need to do."

Indeed Lomu, who sports tattoos of his two boys names on his right arm and that of his wife on his left one, said Nadene - who Lomu revealed is responsible for Dhyreille's name, coming up with it at 1:00am while pregnant and eating pizza - is an immeasurable support to him.

"Rugby has prepared me for the challenges of life, but the most important thing is that your pillars are rock solid and the family keeps you in great stead," said Lomu.

"I am thankful that I have a beautiful wife and the kids are here. Nadene makes sure that my family stays together.

"She is my manager, my wife, my best friend and my boss!"

Lomu, scorer of 37 tries in 63 test appearances, still has enormous pull as was clear from the number of people, young and old, who sidled up and asked to have photos taken with him which he agreed to - three policemen waited for 20 minutes to have their photo taken with him.

"Its quite humbling for people to recognise me, given it is now 20 years ago since I first played in the World Cup.

"Made all the more humbling when kids come up to me and say 'I never saw you play live, but I watch you on YouTube' and other children saying they want to play like me."


 


Berkshire Rugby Festival and Help for Charity August 26 2015, 0 Comments

 Jonah Lomu MNZM, greeted by hundreds of his fans when arriving with his family at Reading Train Station, Berkshire, England, the Global Icon of World Rugby walked straight into the crowds where hundreds awaited his arrival.

Many of his fans being youngsters of all ages, the generation of whom had the pleasure of watching and cheering for Jonah as he once set foot onto the playing field creating a roar whenever he was present. Those also including the Police as they joined the queue, not able to resist the chance to meet the great man, stepping in to have photos and get the autograph of the Global Superstar.

When talking to those in attendance, many couldn't believe the great Jonah Lomu MNZM was in their presence, "when we heard he was coming to town, we got the day off work, he's the greatest rugby player ever an icon to the world, we all love him and I'm so excited I got the chance to meet him" Sherryl Jones said.

Other's just couldn't believe their eyes, saying he's a really nice, very humble and takes time with everyone, it was nice to see his family too said Martin Cooper.

Jonah Lomu is still regarded as the most prolific player and highest try scorer in Rugby World Cup history and now motivates and inspires a new generation. Jonah visited Berkshire for the day where all Berkshire Rugby Clubs at Green Park in Reading gathered to celebrate World Rugby from the inaugural RWC in1987 to RWC2015. Jonah Lomu MNZM was their chosen one and to be toured around Berkshire with his family on the double decker Berkshire Rugby Bus.

"It was a priviledge to be chosen and an honour to be part of. I got to meet so many great people of Berkshire, their club players, kids of all ages and families too with a solid 4 hours of photos, signings and selfies, it was a fun day for everyone including my wife and two sons Brayley and Dhyreille, they made some new friends too. I just wanted to thank all the people of Berkshire that made us all feel so welcome". Jonah Lomu MNZM.

 


A Series, My Series.. "The Book of Jonah L" April 24 2015, 2 Comments

 Part 1: "coming to you real soon my great global fan family" this is for you...

Your friend JONAH