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Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia

Posted on January 2, 2012 by Selby There have been 0 comments

Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia
Jonah Lomu ignited Rugby taking the World Cup in Cape Town South Africa by storm in 1995. He destroyed the England backline cover with a combination of astonishing pace and attacking style, to score four magnificent tries. He was named Player of the Match in the Semi which secured the All Blacks their place the Cup Final against the Wallabies.
Although Lomu scored a total of 7 tries in 5 games the Hosts South Africa were victorious in the Final winning 15 – 12 in extra time.
At the presentation in the Ellis stadium Johannesburg the President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, sporting a Springbok shirt, awarded the Web Ellis Cup to Francois Pienaar the South African captain
Lomu (b 1975) hails from Auckland New Zealand; he made his Test debut playing on the wing, as the All Blacks youngest player in 1994 against France at Lancaster Park, Christchurch. New Zealand lost the match 22–8, it was not the most auspicious start but one which indicated what was to follow.
Lomu deservedly takes his place as one of the most famous players in the sport, I well remember when he arrived on the rugby scene many fans thought or feared that the game had changed for ever. At times with his blistering speed and almost total disregard for defenders he was unstoppable. His final tally for the 63 matches he played for the All Blacks was an enviable 37 tries.

Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia is always in demand from both enthusiasts and collectors, peaking at times of the World Cup series and during Internationals, it seems that when World Rugby is heavily televised and in the news it increases the interest of the collectors.

Collectors will usually look to historic Rugby Union matches, featuring colourful talented players and unforgettable moments, in their search for unique mementos. Players I have collected over the years include Jack Whitfield, Gareth Edwards, Lomu, Dan Carter, Martin Johnson, ZinZan Brooke, Shane Williams, Richie McCaw, Ian Hurst, Jeremy Guscott, Jason Leonard, Thomas Castaignede. Nowadays it is becoming increasingly popular to display signed presentations in homes and offices featuring famous players in action at significant events.
It is useful to start a collection in a specified area say pre-war or post war, to follow maybe one team, country or player in order to narrow down the field, to become an expert in one area of a game which holds such a variety of interests.
Would be collectors are advised initially to concentrate on Internationals featuring England, Wales, Scotland, British Lions, All Blacks, South Africa and the Wallabies.
It is important to consider age and condition when collecting memorabilia however a certain amount of discretion must be allowed, popular items include International programmes, event tickets, passes, hand written letters and autographs, signed dinner menus, mono sepia photographs and ceramics, presentations, match worn attire, badges and match associated paraphernalia.
I recently wrote an article “rare autographs real or fake” and would encourage readers to read this prior to making any purchases; the article gives insight into the pitfalls of collecting from unknown sources especially online.
Lomu retired from International Rugby in 2002 following illness, he continued to play Club Rugby and as recently as 2009/10 season was playing for Marseille Vitrolles. It is a shame that he was only able to display his great talents during such a short International career.
Jonah Lomu Rugby Memorabilia will not only appreciate in value but gives the collector the tangible benefits of owning collectables associated with one of Rugby’s greats. He certainly had an electrifying impact on the game and its subsequent increase in popularity as a spectator sport.

Jonah Lomu is a commited member of "Champions for Peace" a group based in Monte Carlo made up of Athletes committed to World Peace through Sport, a very worthy cause, do check out their website the membership consists of many world class sports people.
Good luck with your collecting let me know how you get on!!

Tony Selby
Rugby Memorabilia


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