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Early career[ edit ] New Zealand sevens star Eric Rush played a touch game with Lomu when he was 14 years old and was so impressed he invited him to a sevens tournament in Singapore the next day.
The second match was played at Eden Park in Auckland with France winning again, 23— Lomu marked Emile N'tamack and admits that his inexperience led to him being exposed by the French team.
Lomu scored seven tries in five matches, two in the first match against Ireland in Johannesburg , a try in the quarter final against Scotland at Loftus Versfeld , and four tries in the semi-final against England at Newlands.
The first try in the English match occurred after Lomu received a pass behind him, beat two defenders and then, after a stumble, ran straight over the top of Mike Catt.
Lomu played for the All Blacks in matches against the touring Samoa  and Scotland teams in June , scoring in one of the Scottish matches. Lomu played in the two warm up matches, scoring tries against Wales 'A' and Emerging England.
He played the first test against England at Old Trafford , as well as the test against Wales at Wembley Stadium , and the second match against England—he did not score in any of the three games. Lomu played in both of the matches, scoring in the first, which was a 64—22 win in Dunedin , but not in the second test won 40—10 by the All Blacks.
He came on as a replacement in every game of the Tri Nations Series with Christian Cullen and Tana Umaga preferred as starters on the wings. Lomu scored eight tries at the World Cup.
In pool matches he scored two tries against Tonga , one against England and two against Italy.
The All Blacks finished top of their pool and proceeded to the quarter-finals. They defeated Scotland, with Lomu scoring one of New Zealand's four tries. Lomu scored twice in the semi-final match against France, though it was not enough to see them through to the final as France went on to win 43— With minutes remaining, the Wallabies led 35 to 34; until Lomu "brushed past a desperate Stephen Larkham to tip-toe down the line and score the winning try".
New Zealand lost the final game to South Africa finishing second in the table, behind Australia.
Lomu was part of the New Zealand Sevens team that won the Sevens World Cup , filling in for Rush, who suffered a broken leg during the competition. Lomu played his debut match against Northern United scoring twice and attracting a bumper crowd and followed that up with a further appearance in Lomu wore the green and black club socks when he played for the Barbarian F.
Lomu was a central figure in the 40 to 29 win, setting up Aaron Mauger for his debut try, and taking an inside pass to blast through for one of his own. Lomu put the All Blacks in front with a try after Argentina took an early lead.
New Zealand won the match by a score of 24 to Lomu ended up scoring two tries, though it was not enough to secure a New Zealand victory, with England winning 31— The last match of the end of season tour was against Wales, which the All Blacks won 43— He first needed special clearance from the World Anti-Doping Agency , as one of the anti-rejection drugs he was required to take is on the WADA list of banned substances.
Lomu scored his first try for Cardiff on 27 December, with a man-of-the-match performance during a 41—23 win against the Newport Gwent Dragons.
He spent the early part of sidelined while he concentrated on gaining speed and strength  not playing again until April. He broke his ankle near the end of his first game back, ending his season with Cardiff.
For Lomu it was "a small step"  towards his aim of reclaiming his All Blacks jersey for the World Cup. Lomu said after the match "For me it's a dream come true I've always said this is my goal—to come back and play in New Zealand.
He was going to play in the Help For Heroes charity match at Twickenham in , but had to withdraw after injuring his ankle in training. Lomu also made an attempt to take part in a charity boxing event in New Zealand called "Fight for Life" , for which he was the intended captain of the rugby union team.
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It was his intention to fight the main event against former league player Monty Betham. On 14 November Lomu pulled out of the competition as he had just recently been hospitalised for over a week due to his failing kidney.