Arguably the most famous rugby player in history, Lomu made his debut appearance in Hong Kong in 1994, giving Hong Kong Sevens fans a privileged opportunity to witness a superstar in the making. Jonah Lomu won three straight Hong Kong Sevens trophies in the mid-1990s, the legend taking UNDEFEATED to a level above all.
Lomu came to Hong Kong as an unheralded youngster and exited the Sevens on the cusp of stardom. Months later he was selected as the then youngest-ever All Black at just 19 years and 45 days old, making his debut against France. The following year he cemented his reputation as rugby’s most unstoppable force by scoring seven tries at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.
Lomu returned to the Hong Kong Sevens in 1995 and 1996 to help New Zealand to three successive tournament victories and secure himself an abiding place in Hong Kong’s sporting lore.
Winning proudly for New Zealand, taking home a Gold Medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and led his country to its first Rugby World Cup Sevens victory in Argentina in 2001. - Lisa Stroll.