Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Moment Legend Was Born

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Moment Legend Was Born

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THE word "legend" in sport is bandied about far too often but there was no other word to describe Jonah Lomu.

Lomu's death on Wednesday, at the far too young age of 40, reverberated around the world and not just among sports fans.

There have been a number of tributes from various people since Lomu's death.

But Mike Catt, the man who Lomu "ran over" for one of his four tries against England in the 1995 World Cup semi-final (right), had the best tale, because he was there the day the Lomu legend was born.

"I've got to thank Jonah for putting me on the map," Catt told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I still blame Will Carling for the incident. He ankle-tapped him. Jonah is then stumbling towards me, rather than standing upright, and like you do in your under-10 days you get your feet close and you drive your attacker.

"Unfortunately, the next thing I remember is turning around to see Jonah scoring the try. He's 18 stone, I was 13 stone. The rest is history.

"I laughed at myself, I thought it was brilliant. I'm lying on the floor and (New Zealand second row) Robin Brooke came over to me, hit me across the cheek and said 'mate, that's just the start of it'. He scored every time he got the ball, you couldn't get hold of him.

"It's one of those things I'll continuously be shown, and hopefully more now with the legacy he's left.

"It highlighted what Jonah was about. He was a massively humble guy off the pitch but was so proud to wear that New Zealand jersey.

"He's what rugby union is all about. "He was a proud and respectful person and was selfless in everything he did.

"It's sad he didn't win the World Cup. If there's one person who deserved the medal it's Jonah."

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