Some scribe in the northern hemisphere dares to liken young England wing Joe Cokanasiga to Jonah Lomu. Cue howls of outrage from New Zealand’s rugby media.
“Incomparable and the numbers prove it,” carped one local rugby scribe. After all, Joe is point 03 metres shorter. And while Jonah’s reputed to have weighed 119 kilogrammes, Joe at best weighs 118 kilograms. Who’s to say any of those numbers are accurate?
And this constitutes a sports story? Such a brutal game is surrounded by such minute detail, such delicacy, such sensitivity. Maybe I am not looking forward to the Rugby World Cup and all its bleating and pettiness.
Why, NZ rugby? Why can’t we just rejoice that we may have discovered another athlete of Jonah’s proportions running around the field? It just may be wonderful for rugby regardless of what colour jumper her wears. I am sure Jonah himself would be thrilled.
I Goldsmith, Bureta.