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'My God almighty, he was just unbelievable' - the day Jonah Lomu came to Dublin

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Denis Hickie gets up close and personal with Jonah Lomu in their 2001 clash at Lansdowne Road. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Denis Hickie gets up close and personal with Jonah Lomu in their 2001 clash at Lansdowne Road. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Denis Hickie gets up close and personal with Jonah Lomu in their 2001 clash at Lansdowne Road. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

The crowd took a collective sharp intake of breath as if to brace themselves for the trail of destruction that was about to follow.

Down below on the Lansdowne Road pitch, the green jerseys didn't have time to do the same, because before they knew it, he had already ran over them.

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Lomu training at Blackrock RFC’s Stradbrook grounds. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Lomu training at Blackrock RFC’s Stradbrook grounds. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

Lomu training at Blackrock RFC’s Stradbrook grounds. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

This was Jonah Lomu in full flight. This was a player producing the kind of jaw-dropping moments that rugby hadn't seen before.