Tana Umaga's Rugby

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by alexrugby, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    I think there is no need to write a little book about this amazing guy on this new Topic

    He was great, Is Great, and will be

    I just want to hear opinion from TRF members about this phenomenon of rugby.

    And I hope this topic will add more to my knowledge if Tana Umaga's rugby

    And also have you read his BOOK?
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  3. bates

    bates Guest


    I didn't bought his book, might do it in December, I had a look at it.
    tana was and is an amazing charismatic figure on the pitch.
    A great leader of the Black Army and a great player, I enjoyed him playing for Wellington and I even saw his last game for the Hurricanes live on tele in 2007.

    Nothing more to be added.
  4. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    Book is not available here yet but I have seen his last AB game against Scotland

    You are right he was Charismatic
  5. bates

    bates Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (LeksoRugby @ Sep 22 2008, 08:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    I saw his book in NZ, or maybe it was just a tribute book to Tana, could be.
    According to me you can put a lot of NZ, OZ, ENG and SA players in the hall of fame, because they won the WRC and have probably the best squads/players in the world
  6. candybum

    candybum Guest

    I disagree. So if they won the world cup doesn't mean the individual player should be embedded in the hall of fame. It should be the ones who are absolutely unique and have contributed hugely to the sport of rugby etc etc imo. Tana's up there though i think. he had the respect of players and such and such lol im too tired to carry on
  7. bates

    bates Guest

    I know what you mean Candybum, and besides players who achieved a lot in competitions and won some cups, you also have players who fought for every point they made and tried to bring their team on a higher level and also had dreams to achieve great things as a team as well as an individualist.

    But as most people just look at the results of a team, it's all about what they won and not what they might have won or not won.

    For real rugby fans who carry their teams and fav players in their heart it's something different. And because I got involved with rugby while living in NZ most of my hall of famers would be from the SH, the ones like: Sean FitzPatrick ( a great leader), Jonah Lomu ( a beast on the pitch), Andrew Merhtens and to rep SA Os Du Randt ( every in SA knows that guy)

    Sorry Lekso for hijaking your topic bro, just want to clear my point.

    Maybe I should spend some time studying the history of NH rugby as well to learn about the great players we had and have in Europe.

    I'm looking forward to see more nominations and increase my knowledge and wider my view on rugby, thank you for sharing your opinion with me Candybum. ;)
  8. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    Ride on bro amobokobokoboko, I like your discussion with Candybum

    I gree both of you, neither whole victorious team is hall of fame membership nomenee (because some of them did not even play) and nor the team could be glanced as the separate members as Rugby is the play where even bench players are Iconic

    So my consensus in this interesting discussion is a bit questionable I think ;) but I came from the fact that:

    In St Petersburgh, Russia, the sports team of the year 2007 became RSA because of winning RWC 2007 and etc.

    Thanks for converting this topic into interesting discussion place

  9. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    well i guess you still need to put articles up so:

    The giant All Blacks wing was rugby's first global star. He burst on the scene at the 1995 World Cup with some of the most destructive performances the rugby world had ever seen and with professionalism in its infancy Lomu became rugby's first millionaire.

    Lomu, New Zealand born to Tongan parents, came to fame from a humble beginning. He grew up in Mangere, south Auckland, one of the poorer suburbs of Auckland. Lomu played rugby league until his was 14 and at Wesley College he switched to rugby. He was considered a loose forward because of his height (1.96m - 6"5') and weight (119kg - 273 pounds) but his speed (10.8 seconds for 100m) meant that he would move into the backs early in his representative career.

    He began his career in the New Zealand sevens team and became the youngest All Black aged 19 and 45 days when he made his Test debut against France in 1994. The world had their introduction to the towering strength and unrelenting power in South Africa the following year. The image of the man in black trampling over Mike Catt on his way to scoring one of his four tries against England in the World Cup remains a visual statement of Lomu's extraordinary talent. After the game, England captain Will Carling said: "He is a freak, and the sooner he goes away the better".

    He scored seven tries during the tournament and added a further eight in the 1999 World Cup, becoming the top tryscorer. In all Lomu scored 37 tries in his 63 Tests. There is little doubt that he could have scored more if he hadn't been struck down by a debilitating kidney disorder called nephrotic syndrome.

    His health problems first came to light in 1996 and energy-sapping condition as well as injury meant that he missed the Tests against the Springboks on historic tour of South Africa. His kidney condition was confirmed the following year and while he sat out most of the 1997 domestic season he returned for the All Blacks end-of-year tour to Wales, England and Ireland.

    In 1998 he helped the New Zealand sevens team win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur but it was clear to many that Lomu was a shade of his former self. He returned to put in strong performances for the All Blacks at the 1999 World Cup and was arguably as formidable as he was in 1995. He scored twice in the semi-final against France and was one of the few to emerge from that disastrous game with his reputation intact.

    Although he remained in All Blacks squads until 2002, the magic had gone as other talents such as Tana Umaga and Doug Howlett came to the fore and illness continued to trouble the great wing. In 2003 Lomu dropped out of the Super 12 early and made a brave attempt to resume first-class rugby in the NPC for Wellington but it was evident that his health was failing and his career was coming to a premature end.

    Lomu amassed 185 first class games in which he scored 122 tries. He had 73 games in all for the All Blacks of which 63 were Tests.

    A kidney transplant in 2004 gave Lomu's career a new lease of life but despite his insistences that he could raise to the heights of All Blacks rugby again, the game had moved on. In June 2005 he lead an invitational XV in Martin Johnson's testimonial and scored two tries in the first half. But he injured a shoulder and his hopes of returning to the NPC for North Harbour were shattered when it was revealed that he would need surgery on the injured shoulder.

    Lomu moved to Wales at the end of 2005 on a short-term contract with Cardiff Blues. He was a crowd-puller and scored against Newport Gwent Dragons in front of delighted home fans. But a broken ankle ended his time with Cardiff early.

    Lomu has been recognised by the IRB as one of the greats of the game. In 2003 he received a Special Merit Award at the International Rugby Players Association's awards. IRPA gave Lomu the rare honour - only two players, Jason Leonard and John Eales, have previously received it - for his contribution to the international game.

    Despite a career sadly cut short by illness, Lomu remains one of the most recognisable players in the world and his impact on the game will be felt for a long time to come. A True Great
  10. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (feicarsinn @ Oct 6 2008, 08:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Thank you my friend for such a remarkably narrated history of Jonah Lomu but what about Tana Umaga? ;) ;) ;) ;)
  11. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    HAHA oh **** wrong thread right? silly me ill get on it tomoro then i dunno how i did that
  12. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (feicarsinn @ Oct 7 2008, 03:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    It was great :bravo: :bravo: :cheers: :cheers:
  13. bates

    bates Guest

    Damn bro, nice article.

    Lomu was an animal :D I watched his youtube movies so often.

    choice ass.
  14. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    Hey amobokobokoboko, thanks God you're OK ;)

    Yeah our mate has posted Great Article (in all wievpoints) and made my knowledge deeper than it was

    And also made me to say: DAmn it! could it be great if I creatde Jonah Lomu topic!!!!!!!!!!!! :cheers: ;) ;) ;)
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