Points For: 782
Points Against: 209
Average Score: 39-10
Most Points: Josh Kafu, 186
Most Tries: Jonah Lomu, 25
Jonah Lomu’s Official Wesley Try Count?
The question of just how many tries Jonah Lomu scored at Wesley College has been the subject of much rumour over the years. The official number I believe is 71. Chris Grinter, Wesley coach from 1985-1991 always kept detailed notes of his teams games. According to those notes Lomu scored 3 tries in 1990 and 13 in 1991. In 1992 Lomu in his autobiography says he scored 30 tries. In 1993 Lomu scored 131 points. Coach Amanak iLelei Palavi told me Lomu kicked two penalties that season, leaving the rest of the points to be achieved in 25 tries. Additionally Lomu was a member of the Wesley sevens team. At the Condor Sevens in 1993 he scored three tries in the semi final against St Kentigern College and four in the final against Te Awamutu College. Scoring tries was something of a habit at Wesley!
Keith Quinn - A Lucky Man 2000: “Jonah inadvertently gave me my most memorable commentary phrase in the 1995 World Cup semi final against England. I had had an expression ‘all muscle and pump’ in my mind and on the team sheets, which I planned to use to describe the moment when Jonah scored a try in that game- as I was sure he would. But when he picked up a bouncing ball in the first minutes and started knocking over English defenders like nine-pins, I groped in vain for the appropriate phrase to describe the try that he was obviously going to score. I wasn’t ready Jonah! What came out of my mouth was ‘Lomu…oh…oh…!’ as he lunged over. A clear case of being lost for words, for perhaps the only time in my life…That call has come to haunt me in the years since.”
All Blacks Debut: 1994
All Blacks Tests: 63
All Blacks Wins: 44
All Blacks Tries: 37
Most World Cup Tries: 15
Last Test: 2002
First Class Games: 203
First Class Tries: 126
The Captain’s Report: Jonah Lomu
Like my speeches, my summary will also be short, but to the point. The success of the team was only achieved because we were a team.
1993 was the most successful year that Wesley College or any 1st XV has ever had. I feel the success was due to the humility and the standards that our coach, Mr Palavi, has shown throughout the season on and off the field. He has shown to us that rugby is not just a sport but a public relations thing as well, as you meet all kinds of people on and off the field. We have made new and re-kindled many old friends during this long and tense season.
Our key motivation for this year was to play our hearts out and glorify the Lord’s name. The support of family and friends and the student-body was gratefully always helping us to push on onwards.
I would like to thank my two vice-captains, Craig Kimpton and Nela Fotu, for their leadership skills on the field.
The success of 1993 was due to the moulding of the team. I would like to thank all the members of the 1st XV for their effort and hard work.
I do not want to single out one person for what they have done. I feel they all should be praised for their achievements because I feel that it was done as a team not by individuals. The trophies symbolise the achievements of the boys.
To all future players, play the game and enjoy it, because that’s what rugby is all about.
Article originally published on Sky Sport College Rugby