THAT'S A WRAP: The moment the legend of Lomu was born

 

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, 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."

 

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY (OF AUSTRALIAN CRICKET)

 

Mitchell Johnson speak during his retirement announcement. Photo: AAP Image
Mitchell Johnson speak during his retirement announcement. Photo: AAP Image

 

 THE GOOD: The retired Mitchell Johnson will rightly go down as one of the greats of Australian cricket.   

He made the handlebar moustache look cool again, and of course, also claimed 313 Test scalps - the fourth most of any Aussie - from 73 matches.  

In fact, the 33-year-old picked up a total of 590 international wickets from 256 games across all forms of the game, which places him behind only Shane Warne (999), Glenn McGrath (948) and Brett Lee (718) on the Aussies' list.  

DK Lillee had him pegged as a once-in-a-generation bowler when he saw him at a clinic as a 17-year-old from Townsville, but he almost didn't fulfil that destiny. Aside from wanting to be a tennis player, and idolising Pete Sampras while growing up in Townsville,

Let's not forget he looked spent as a Test cricketer in 2013.   He was dropped from the national team due to the homework scandal in India, and then left out of the squad entirely for the Ashes in England.

But he came back bigger and better than ever for the return series in Australia when he took nine wickets at the Gabba and finished with 37 in the five games, sending down 150kmh thunderbolts.  

 

Shaun Marsh after being for one of his seven Test match ducks. Photo: AAP Image
Shaun Marsh after being for one of his seven Test match ducks. Photo: AAP Image

   THE BAD: When will the Australian selectors realise that two wrongs (being the Marsh brothers) don't make a right.  

While Mitch Marsh is only just keeping his head above water in the Test all-rounder spot, Shaun will be hoping it's a case of seventh time lucky when he returns to the side for the Adelaide Test.  

Seven being the number of times he has been brought into the side - this time to replace the injured Usman Khawaja.  

Marsh, now 32, averages just 33 at Test level, and has posted single-figure scores in 11 of his 27 innings, including seven ducks, and has had knocks of 15, 1, 2, 92 and 64 in Sheffield Shield cricket this season.  

It was the perfect time to give his WA teammate Cameron Bancroft, 10 years his junior, a run he deserves.  

 

Michael Clarke has come out swinging in his new book. Photo: Getty Images.
Michael Clarke has come out swinging in his new book. Photo: Getty Images.

 

 THE UGLY: Retired Australian skipper Michael Clarke isn't about to go gently into that good night.  

Having never been Mr Popular, the 34-year-old who has become a father for the first time, has unleashed in his book, Ashes Diary 2015.  

Clarke hit back at criticism of his leadership, and in the firing line were Andrew Symonds and John Buchanan.  

Of Symonds he wrote "This is a guy who turned up drunk to play for his country. It's pretty rich for him to be throwing rocks."  

Of Buchanan there was this: "I don't think John knows a thing about the baggy green, having never worn one. He's still living off the fact that he coached a team that anyone, even my dog Jerry, could have coached to world domination."  

Ouch.    

 

  HAYNE NUMBER NOT UP YET

 JARRYD Hayne won't be following in the footsteps of another former rugby league superstar Sam Burgess and returning to the NRL.

  That's according to his manager, Wayne Beavis, who has tried to dismiss rumours the 27-year-old wants to come home with his NFL experiment seemingly blowing up in his face.

Hayne is well and truly on the outer at the San Francisco 49ers, and word has it the Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters are keen to welcome him back.

"He told me he's definitely staying. That's it, end of story," Beavis told rugbyleagueweek. com.au.  

"Every club is ringing me up saying 'if he comes home, we're interested'. That's only natural. It doesn't mean he's coming back."  

Burgess, of course, is heading back to South Sydney after his English rugby stint.  

 

Holly Holm after defeating Ronda Rousey in Melbourne last Sunday.
Holly Holm after defeating Ronda Rousey in Melbourne last Sunday.

  HOLM SWEET HOLM

 HOLLY Holm has earned a fair amount of respect for the way she has handled her shock win over Ronda Rousey in Melbourne on Sunday.  

Dubbed "The Preacher's Daughter" due to her father being a minister, she has been magnanimous in victory, even standing up for her battered and bruised opponent.  

Speaking on the Dan Patrick TV show in the United States, Holm said: "When you get in that Octagon, it's one of the loneliest places in the world, because it's only up to you to do it. A lot of people wouldn't even have the nerve to be able to get in and just put it all on the line. Millions of people are watching you. And you might get knocked out, you might not. You might do well, you might not.

  "There's a reason why only certain people fight. You're putting yourself out there and you know that people are going to say something one way or another. And it's a brutal place to be but it's what makes winning that awesome (and) makes losing that devastating."    


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