Memories of former All Blacks great, Jonah Lomu, will live on in Papua New Guinea with the launching of the Jonah Lomu Cup.
The New Zealand High Commission in Papua New Guinea and Capital Rugby Union in Port Moresby unveiled the logo during the launching of the Jonah Lomu Legacy Rugby 7’s Tournament Cup at the New Zealand High Commission in Port Moresby.
Jonah Tali Lomu was born on May 12th, 1975 and was one of New Zealand’s most prolific rugby union players.
He was the youngest ever All Black when he played his first international in 1994 at the age of 19, and from there on, become a true global superstar of rugby union.
Lomu retired from professional rugby in 2007 and died at the age of 40 in 2015 after suffering a heart attack caused by his kidney disease.
When speaking at the Jonah Lomu Cup launch, New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Tony Fautua, said he was overwhelmed by the huge amount of support and condolences received from around PNG following his death in November 18, 2015.
Fautua said due to the hosting of the U-20 Women’s World Cup next month, the Jonah Lomu Legacy Rugby 7’s tournament Cup to commemorate the 1st anniversary of Lomu’s passing, will be held from December 9 to 11 in Port Moresby.
The invitation will be extended to former All Black and late Lomu’s team mates to attend as well.
Present to witness the launching is president of Capital Rugby Union Jacob Anga, who said the Jonah Lomu Legacy Rugby 7’s Tournament Cup has been sanctioned by the PNGRFU and will become an annual event on its calendar.