Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jonah Lomu Predicts a great Future for Argentina Rugby

Considered by many as the player of the century, Jonah Lomu is without question the most famous rugby player of all time. He played in two Rugby World Cup´s for New Zealand - 1995 and 1999 and would have certainly played in the next two if it were not for serious health problems.

Lomu made his debut for the All Blacks vs France in 2004 and became a star following his performances at that years Hong Kong Sevens. In South Africa at Rugby World Cup 1995 he scored amazing tries and set up others as the All Blacks scored convincing wins vs Ireland, Wales, Japan, Scotland and England before losing the final to South Africa. Four years latter he again found good form vs Tonga, England, Scotland and France but the French found fifth gear and scored the biggest upset of the decade to eliminate the All Blacks.

In Lomu´s amazing career he played one test match in Argentina vs Los Pumas at a packed River Plate Stadium in 2001 as the All Blacks looked for three test wins from their end of year tour after defeating Ireland 40-29 and Scotland 37-6. Experts predicted more of the same and it looked like it would be so as Lomu scored an early try in typical style vs the South Americans. However, Argentina fought back and were winning with time up on the clock. However, a Felipe Contepomi kick for touch failed and New Zealand managed to score a try to win 24-20.

While recently in Argentina, Lomu offered his point of view of Argentina rugby now and in the future. His strong support for Argentina rugby is great news for rugby in Argentina and worldwide. Despite, not talking about Argentina hosting a Rugby World Cup it is fair to say from his interview that he would fully support Rugby World Cup 2023 being hosted in Argentina. Lomu was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame on 9 October 2007.

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