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International Rugby Stars To Pay Tribute To Jonah Lomu

Fri 02 Sep 2016

On Wednesday, 30th November 2016, international Rugby stars will gather in Finsbury Square in the heart of the City, to pay tribute to the late All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu at a special memorial dinner in association with the Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust and Smart Experiences. Jonah Lomu died unexpectedly in 2015 at just 40 years old, he had been suffering from nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disorder. Lomu had become Rugby’s first global superstar and was the first choice on any All Blacks team sheet during the peak of his career.

Lomu revealed in 1995 that he had been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome and in 2004 underwent a kidney transplant to improve his quality of life. He managed to continue to play rugby throughout his illness, though he occasionally took time off for treatment. Lomu’s death prompted tributes from across the world and has been remembered at various memorials in New Zealand. Jonah Lomu’s fearsome display as a virtually unstoppable 20-year-old at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa captivated the world, though his health problems cut short his career.

Lomu returned to South Africa in 2015 to film a documentary on the impact of his 1995 exploits and also travelled to the Rugby World Cup in England to fulfil numerous sponsorship contracts. He arrived back in New Zealand on November 17th, but sadly died unexpectedly the following day. He is survived by wife Nadene and their two young sons, Brayley and Dhyreille.

Funds raised at the memorial dinner will be put into a trust set up for Lomu’s two young sons, whilst enabling stars of the game to pay tribute to a much admired and irreplaceable sporting hero.

Premium hospitality specialists Smart Experiences is offering two exclusive packages to this exclusive ticketed event:

JL PACKAGE - £3,950 + VAT per table

Tickets includes:

• Table of 11 with a current or former international rugby player/coach as your host

• 10 invited guests

• Opportunity for you and your guests to attend the vip drinks reception with your rugby star

• Opportunity for you and your guests to have a photograph with the coach/player hosting your table - (This will be signed and presented to you on the night).

• 2 x magnums of champagne

• 3 course meal

• Unlimited matched fine wines throughout the meal

• Exclusive gift for each guest

• Full page advert in the event programme


PLATINUM PACKAGE - £185 + VAT per person

Tickets includes:

• 1 table of 10

• 3 course meal

• Complimentary wines, beers and soft drinks

• Exclusive gift for each guest

• Exclusive event program


To purchase tickets, please contact a member of the Smart Experiences team on: + 44 (0) 20 7836 1033 or email: experiences@smartgroupltd.co.uk


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