Lomu on board for Help the Heroes match & Sky announces it will broadcast live
15 July 2008, 2:23 pm
Jonah Lomu is the latest all-time rugby great to pledge his allegiance to the Help For Heroes cause. The 33-year-old will fly in from New Zealand to play for the International Select XV at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, 20 September.
Lomu was the youngest player to play for the All Blacks when he made his debut in 1994 at the age of 19 years and 45 days. He hit the world sporting headlines with four tries in New Zealand's Rugby World Cup semi-final triumph over England in 1995. He went on to equal John Kirwan's record of 63 appearances on the wing for the All Blacks and scored 37 tries before illness cut short his stunning career.
Lomu has been training regularly with the Auckland Warriors and is in good shape, and lighter than he has been for some time.
"As soon as I heard about the Help For Heroes cause, and the game, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I can still remember coming to Wales to play in Ieuan Evans' Testimonial Game at Stradey Park and, of course, spending time more recently playing with Cardiff Blues," said Lomu.
"It will be great to team up with Scott Gibbs in the International Select XV back line and to have one more outing at Twickenham Stadium. There are some great names already signed up to this fixture and I'm really looking forward to being a part of it."
Lomu was regarded as the first true global superstar of the professional game and is still the all-time top try scorer at the Rugby World Cup finals with 15. In 2007 he became a member of the International Rugby Hall of Fame, along with Ieuan Evans.
"This is great news for the game and for the International Select XV. What a great opportunity Mums and Dads now have to take their children to Twickenham to see four of the greatest names of rugby union's professional era in action at the same time," said International Select XV Team Manager, Ieuan Evans.
"Lawrence Dallaglio, Martin Johnson, Scott Gibbs and Jonah Lomu would get into any World XV chosen over the past 15 years. They alone will be worth the price of admission on 20 September for what promises to be a highly competitive, and potentially bruising, occasion.
"I know I'm going to ensure that my children have got their autograph books with them at Twickenham on the day because if they can get those four to sign they will have a slice of rugby history to cherish for the rest of their lives."
Me and The Long Haired General will be there. Decided we're staying over night and booked the travel bodge up the road. - Â£39 per room - (i know how to spoil my woman!)
Anybody got any ideas on good drinking establishments post match? Dont want to go to far into London so looking Twickers/Richmond area.
N.B. It will be great to see Mr Gibbs rolling over some Englishmen again!