Jonah Lomu Legacy Cup launched

What started out as a memorial service almost a year ago has developed into a concept which is believed will change the code of rugby in PNG.

The Jonah Lomu Legacy Cup, a tournament earmarked to change the landscape of rugby development in the country, was officially launched last night in Port Moresby.

The brainchild of the New Zealand High Commission and the Capital Rugby Union (CRU), the concept follows from a memorial service held on November 18th, 2015.

The relationship, developed from then on, has now blossomed into a rugby tournament that aims to keep the memories of the former All Black international alive and change the PNG rugby landscape.

New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Tony Fautua, said he has been waiting for this moment since last year.

He said he was moved by the outpouring of love and support and promised to continue the legacy, not only of Lomu, but develop a new one for PNG.

“The All Blacks wouldn’t be the All Blacks if it wasn’t for grassroots rugby, if it wasn’t for junior development,” said Taufua.

“Tonight is about starting a legacy for developing junior rugby in PNG.”

Taufua said this was just the start and will grow this legacy around the country.

CRU president, Jacob Anga, said junior development must take centre stage before club and representative rugby.

He stated that having in place the structure to develop the code was crucial.

“That is the challenge that we have embraced to get on and we hope that with all your support, we will set a foundation to not only be a path but the way for young Papua New Guineans,” said Anga.

The tournament will be held from December 9th to 11th in Port Moresby, due to the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in November.

Jonah’s widow, Nadene, and his two sons Brayley and Dhyreille, have been invited as well as a former All Black and team mate.

Jonah Lomu passed away on November 18, 2015, following a heart attack caused by a kidney disease.




Cedric Patjole