My favourite Jonah Lomu story

..was told at a recent Twickenham lunch by Paul Wallace the Ireland and Lions prop…

When Ireland played the All Blacks in the 1995 RWC no-one had heard of Lomu….at the team meeting the players were told that New Zealand had a Number 8 playing on the wing and it would be a good idea to kick the ball to him and capitalise on his inevitable mistakes…….

Paul’s brother Ritchie was playing on the wing opposite Lomu. Paul was watching from the bench. As Lomu made his first run Ritchie set himself for the tackle…and was left dazed and confused on the turf. Paul said he winced as he witnessed this…

Zinzan Brooke the legendary NZ Number 8 was also at this lunch.

Wallace said the night before the Ireland v All Blacks game Lomu had received a fax at the team hotel decrying his abilities , saying he was  really a forward who  had no business playing in the backs and that his opposite number would waste him the next day.

The fax was allegedly signed by Ritchie Wallace.

According to Zinzan..the letter was actually written by Sean Fitzpatrick…the All Blacks captain……







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