Flash Mob Haka featuring Jonah Lomu MNZM September 16 2015, 14 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."
Birger on November 30 2015 at 10:44PM
thinking of your family, we visited your beautiful country in 2008.
Annekatrin, Birger, Luzie, Franz & Lotte from Berlin, Germany
graham osborne on November 24 2015 at 01:29PM
jonah the whale jonah the lomuving missile jonah lomu was the KING of rugby the man who made non rugby people wake up and watch the game rest in peace jonah we will always watch you on youtube. missing you so much.
Steve Cummins on November 20 2015 at 08:34PM
A giant of a man in more ways than one.
The world has lost a true superstar. Rugby Union will never again see the likes of Jonah Lomu.
faye manu on November 19 2015 at 02:26PM
Rest in peace and love Jonah Lomu.
Just reading the above made realise that you weren’t only great with your talent as a rugby super star!
but you are a great father & husband, bless your soul! You are leaving behind quite a legacy for your family, country and the world!
Heaven door is open for you and I trust the angels are singing your welcome and now you can also do the haka in heaven :-)!
’Ofa atu to your family & kainga kotoa & friends.
eric on November 19 2015 at 10:18AM
Sincérité , force , humilité, gentillesse .
Que de souvenirs
Avec toute mon affection .
Chauvet on November 19 2015 at 09:49AM
Je suis très triste de la nouvelle ,Je suis un très fan de jonah . Je suis mois même greffé rénales depuis 17 ans j’ai un petit garçon de 4 an je souhaite pour tout l’or du monde qu’il n’est pas même problème de santé de moi.
Chauvet on November 19 2015 at 09:45AM
Je suis triste .j’ai aussi des problèmes de reins j’ai la chance que sa marche depuis 17ans j’ai un petit garçon de 4 an je souhaite qu’il n’est pas les même problème que moi voilà je suis un grand fane de jonah
Angel Ncuncu on November 19 2015 at 02:03AM
Rest in perfect peace Jonah Lomu. You’re were search an inspiration and you will never be forgot.There will always be Lomu somewhere in New Zealand team.May the Almighty God comfort your family.X
Sergio on November 19 2015 at 12:26AM
We miss you.
Terry Waters on November 18 2015 at 11:56PM
A great rugby player but more importantly a great human being! One of the very few people who earned my respect and admiration. I have always wanted NZ to win even when playing against England because they are the best and Jonah was the best of the best! R.I.P.
Janette Atherton on November 18 2015 at 02:27PM
I am in shock. Just read this sad sad news on Facebook. Everyone knew of Jonah’s health battles but this is so so sad.
My sympathy to his Wife and little Boys and his extended Family. He will continue to inspire young players in years to come.
Vinod Tohani on November 18 2015 at 02:17PM
I had seen Jonah on tv playing rugby. I did not understand rugby. I was walking in Belfast about 20 years ago when a giant of a man was getting out of all black bus team to get into their hotel. I approached this friendly man and said to him “Are you the famous lomu” He smiled and sI asked him to give me his autograph. He waited for me to find a pen and then he signed his autograph in my diary. He was the friendliest and most gentle famous player i have ever met. My sympathies with his wife and children. He was trully a greatman. My.prayers are with him. RIP.
angie vesa on November 18 2015 at 02:14PM
This is painful to read knowing that you have just spent precious time with your family. Your words resonate how deeply you cared for your wife and sons. My heartfelt condolences go out to your wife and sons at this most unexpected time. Jonah, you are free of your pain now. May your journey to the kingdom of heaven bring peace to you. My love and blessings to you Nadine and your two boys. Treasure your memories of this time just spent together.
Zeny Villanueva Sharpe on October 29 2015 at 10:56AM
My first time to see Jonah Lomu and his wife Nadine and their 2 sons when they came to Poole last Thursday, 22nd October. I was very privileged to see him in person and very humbling to meet an iconic man like him.