Thomond Park to host an audience with Jonah Lomu

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

All-Black: Jonah Lomu turning on the Christmas lights in the city in 2008, when Munster played New Zealand. Picture: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
HE won over Irish hearts by demolishing England in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and became a global superstar in the process - now Jonah Lomu is bound for Thomond Park.

HE won over Irish hearts by demolishing England in the 1995 Rugby World Cup and became a global superstar in the process - now Jonah Lomu is bound for Thomond Park.

The rugby icon will follow in the footsteps of Mike Tyson by taking part in ‘An Audience with Jonah’ style event on November 24.

The legendary All Black, who retired from the game officially in 2010 after making a comeback from kidney trouble, will take to the stage in the Thomond Suite to discuss his extraordinary career.

The fearsome Auckland winger, who turned on the Christmas lights in Limerick in 2008, will be joined on the night by a host of Munster legends. The event is being organised by Mike O’Regan, who brought Tyson to Limerick last October.

“To me, Mike Tyson was the greatest boxer out there - in a rugby world I think we are together in saying that Jonah was number one, without doubt,” he explained.

“It is the same concept as the Tyson night, with six of the Munster legends on stage before Lomu is interviewed. Munster fans I’m sure will be out in force and I would say it will be a super night.”

Mr O’Regan added that he hopes Mike Tyson will return to Thomond Park next year.

Tickets, priced from €35-75, will go on sale on August 9 from the ticket office in Thomond Park.