Friday, 14 December 2012

Where are they now ?

Where are they now, Jonah Lomu.

Former rugby players from years ago have either gradually faded from the public limelight, or have tried hanging in there for the moneys worth, and in the rare case, their own enjoyment.

Jonah Lomu, he is the Pele of rugby. But what has ever happened to him ?
When he retired in 2007 because of injury, he was left idle. However a year later he was persuaded to participate in a charity match in Twickenham. He played this match, but rumors quickly circulated that he was to sign for a 3rd division french club,"Marseilles Vitrolles". These were of course untrue.
                           In 2009, He took part in an amateurs bodybuilding competition in Wellington. He finished second in 2 categories, men's over 90 kilos, and mixed pairs. This was I think, in effort to return to rugby. He then actually signed for Marseilles Vitrolles in the end. Starting at center, he then moved to number 8.
                           Later in 2011 he planned to take part in the charity boxing event, "Fight for life". He was scheduled to fight ex rugby league player Monty Betham. This wasn't, as has he was hospitalized due to his kidney failure, this is caused by his kidney disease nephrotic syndrome . He was on dialysis, and was then waiting for a second kidney transplant. He had the fight rescheduled to the 3rd of December however, he had to withdraw. Lomu was kept on dialysis for 7 hours a day, 3 nights a week. He tries spending as much time with his family as possible. There were times when there was rumors of a donor, but this wasn't. He is still fighting the rejection of the transplant in 2004, and currently waiting for a donor.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting concept, I'd like to see more of these where are they now posts