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.
Lomu's heading to America for the first time yet, so the countdown continues with almost 4 weeks to go before touchdown, the excitement has lifted to a level above all, a Lomu level I guess you could call it.
Rugby's first true Global Superstar Jonah Lomu MNZM is set to walk the streets of Utah, Salt Lake City, where he will join the wonderful locals and VIP guests for a Gala Dinner. "It's an honour for me and to have my wife with me, she's my manager too Lomu says with a smile, but a chance to meet many great people on this trip and to see the true beauty within Salt Lake City is exciting for us both".
When briefly talking to Jonah about his life, well...there would never be enough pages in a book if he were to write it all down, it wouldn't matter how many chapters or even how many editions he wrote, this guy has such an extraordinary story to share of his many achievements and experiences both on and off the pitch. The life he lived as a young boy growing up in the streets of South Auckland, New Zealand, the boy he once was...who grew up fast, he had no choice on that. Fighting for survival, to keep his shoes on his feet, the jacket on his back as he slept in bus shelters with no place to go at the age of 14.
Thinking back, Jonah shares dark memories of the days and cold, tough nights of sleeping on the streets. Hard to even imagine as I listen to him talking. A young boy that had no one to help him, no place to turn for warmth, the bus shelter was it! Nothing good could come of staying on the streets either he tells, I was kicked out of home for protecting my mum, that's no secret but on the streets, I knew the only one I could rely on was myself.
Jonah knew, if he wanted something, a better life, a life to do something with himself; there wasn't anyone that would hand it to him, there wasn't anyone to help him do something good either, he knew he had to make it happen, so he did!
The Gala Dinner is set to be a fantastic evening to share with the legendary Jonah Lomu MNZM; the youngest ever to wear the All Black Jersey at the age of just 19 years and 45 days. Join in on an unforgettable evening. A Global Superstar to the World, an Inspiration, an Icon and a friend to his great global fan family whom he remains thankful for, a guy who has never forgotten where he came from!
Gala Dinner proudly brought to you by Jonah Lomu 7one5 and Domain Sports Media. With thanks to all sponsors.
I'll keep it short this time my friends as I know the world keeps us all so busy busy but come join me on KICCA, check out the latest news there linked in with my official site www.kicca.com/jonahlomu is where I'll be posting live time messages and more. With so many cool things coming up, Team Lomu are excited to soon be sharing it all with you so we do look forward to welcoming you onboard as part of our KICCA family too. Till then be safe...
Jerry, I still can't believe it, so hard to believe you have gone!
I was only talking about you the night of your accident. My wife and I boarded a plane in London after spending some time with your team mate.
Within minutes of being grounded in Dubai we couldn't believe what we were hearing! You, Alana and your baby girl have been in our constant thoughts and Ayla in our prayers, still can't believe it, such a tough pill to swallow.
May you travel home safely Jerry to your final resting place, so many great times we had in our playing days, it only seems like yesterday. I still remember the first time you jumped in my truck while we would cruise around in our Canes days, the song you asked me to play....
This ones for you uso, my brother my friend.
May you and Alana Rest In Peace and may your baby Ayla be blessed with strength, endless love and support.
My wife Nadene and I send our deepest of thoughts and condolences to the families of Jerry and Alana at such a difficult time, till we meet again my brother, till we meet again, your friend Jonah.
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.
Less then two weeks to go before the great launch of The Grand3000. It is set to take place in one of the best showrooms in the centre of London where VIP's will be in attendance by invitation only to share the experience of what The Grand3000 is all about.
Jonah Lomu's passion for cars has now been turned into an experience that many would dream to be a part of.
Here at The Grand3000 we have taken our passions and combined it into what we call The Grand3000, an experience of a lifetime where it will be a well enjoyed experience of 100 Supercars taking a tour where every stop is an experience in itself.
Jonah will also be part of the tour, he will be driving his known number, the number he has carried on and off the rugby field and soon, he will be taking his famous number 11 through the streets, from Kinsale onto a number of different fantastic countries right through to Marbella finishing off in Casablanca. This will be an experience not to be missed!
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As AON Insurance move into rugby what greater global rugby icon to have as their special guest as their national conference, the once was a kid, that changed the face of rugby Jonah Lomu took to the stage with thrills and excitement.
Being the youngest and he who remains to be the youngest to wear the All Black Jersey at the age of 19 years, to this day years beyond setting foot onto the field, Jonah Lomu remains to be a strength of inspiration to many around the globe, his worldwide fan family that think nothing but the best of the man and father he has become today.
Sharing moments of his career and upbringing on life in general he had many emotions moving throughout the room from laughter to tears as she spoke.
Inspiring many, people expressed how honored they were to have been in the presence of the great Jonah Lomu, a moment they gave thanks for and would cherish and hold onto.