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Lomu's plaque

Maciu Malo
Friday, November 16, 2012

A HUGE crowd gathered in Sigatoka town yesterday as former All Black and rugby union legend Jonah Lomu unveiled his very own commemorative plaque at the town's Rugby Walk of Fame.

The Rugby Walk of Fame is located along the main street of Sigatoka and the town had its first plaques revealed last November with Australian rugby legend David Campese and Fiji's very own rugby son, Waisale Serevi, who were the tournament ambassadors.

Lomu, who was invited as the 7s ambassador in this year's competition said he was humbled to be acknowledged for his rugby performance.

The former All Blacks winger also wished all the 7s teams the best as they battle it out for the top award.

"It's an honour to be part of the Coral Coast 7s tournament and my family and I are very happy and thankful to be here," Lomu said.

"Fiji is known as the Mecca of 7s so it will be something really special if any of the teams from overseas wins," he said.

Tournament chairman Jay Whyte said having Lomu's plaque was a boost to the rugby competition and an inspiration to many aspiring rugby players.

"We started the Rugby Walk of Fame last year and it was quite special for Serevi and Campese so having Lomu unveil his own plaque has really added to this little area in town and it's fast becoming an attraction of its own," said Jay Whyte.

"We hope in years to come as the tournament grows we will bring in more big names and have more special occasions such as this".

The tournament has also created the Lomu Medal to be given to the top try scorer of the tournament.

Below; what is written on Lomu's plaque.

Jonah Lomu Commemorative Plaque

Played 63 times as a New Zealand All Black, scoring 185 points. At 19 years and 45 days, he became the youngest All Black test player ever, debuting against France in 1994 - widely acknowledged to be the top player at the 1995 World Cup, where he shocked the 51,000 spectators at the semi-final against England, notching up four tries in the 45-29 defeat of England, including the famous try where he ran straight over the top of England fullback Mike Catt. Jonah was also a Gold Medal winner at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Rugby 7's.

Jonah is officially the Rugby World Cup all-time top try scorer with 15 tries and was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame on 9 October 2007, and the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011.

He is generally regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby union

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