New Zealand
Daryl Gibson recalls fun of playing alongside Jonah Lomu for All Blacks
AAP
November 18, 2015
All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu dies (Australia only)

Daryl Gibson has recalled playing alongside Jonah Lomu, saying the experience reminded him of being back in primary school rugby. The Waratahs coach, a former centre and an All Blacks team-mate of Lomu at the 1999 Rugby World Cup, described the winger as "a real luxury".

"You know you could give him the ball and he would create something through sheer talent or physical size," Gibson said after hearing of Lomu's death, aged 40, on Wednesday.

"It was like playing under-eights when you know you've got the big kid on your side and you know you can throw him the ball and he'll do something ... it was really nice to be able to do that as an All Black."

Gibson said that Lomu's influence extended well beyond the rugby field.

"He gave us so much more than just his on-field ability, and what he did for the game as an advocate was truly wonderful," Gibson said.

"He was probably one of the first true global ambassadors and superstars, and he really put our game on the map."

Gibson noted it had been a sad year for New Zealand rugby, with the deaths of two other relatively young former All Blacks in Jerry Collins (34) and Norm Berryman (42).

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