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Global rugby fans react to Joe Cokanasiga being mentioned in the same sentence as Jonah Lomu

first_imgTuesday Mar 12, 2019 Global rugby fans react to Joe Cokanasiga being mentioned in the same sentence as Jonah Lomu In light of various pundits comparing England winger Joe Cokanasiga to All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu, fans from all over the world have reacted on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENTThis comes after the 21-year-old’s Man of the Match performance against Italy in the Six Nations, where the powerful back simply looked unstoppable as he rampaged down the flank with the ball in one hand.However, after only four caps in international rugby, many fans believe that this comparison is not warranted yet, as, after all, there have been plenty of players in recent history that have come and gone that have been compared to Lomu.Of course, it is understandable where this parallel has come from, as Cokanasiga is physically very similar in terms of height, weight and speed, but whether the young England winger can replicate what the legend Lomu did is yet to be seen.Even then, a lot of fans feel that the comparison with Lomu simply cannot be made, as he was such a unique player. This bold claim was abruptly dismissed by England manager Eddie Jones.“That tells you why when you have the television on you should have the commentary down,” Jones said. “The guy has played two Tests. Lomu almost won a World Cup for New Zealand and changed the way the game’s played. So let’s get serious about it. We are not engaging in that sort of rubbish conversation.”And it looks as though many fans agree with him.ADVERTISEMENThttps://twitter.com/Griff_Iths/status/1104436215049273344https://twitter.com/rava_ian/status/1104436657573580806https://twitter.com/cres85/status/1105368573713633280https://twitter.com/Kevin42894718/status/1105368409993142272Many fans are also highlighting the standard of opposition in why this comparison cannot be made. Italy are certainly not a team that tested ‘Big Joe’ in the same way that some of the top nations will.On the other hand, Cokanasiga did put in an equally dominant display against Australia in the Autumn, where he was as dangerous, if not more. This goes to show that his performance against Italy was not a one-off. Nonetheless, many fans feel he needs to consistently perform as he did.These comparisons also put unnecessary pressure on a player that is still very green in international rugby.ADVERTISEMENTAlthough this is perhaps an easy comparison to make, it needs to be said with caution as young players do not need such a weight of expectation on them. This has been seen as another case of the English media getting ahead of themselves.https://twitter.com/SRobbo7/status/1104887719002550272Bloody hell. It was against a piss poor Italian team. Revisit after a few more games— Dave Newton 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏉🏒🇮🇪 (@KipperBedwas) March 10, 2019Lomu is eternised as one of the icons of rugby, and it is nothing short of sacrilege to compare any player to him, such was the impact that he had on rugby. Cokanasiga is a hugely promising player, and could very well become a superstar of rugby. But many feel this comparison is one step too far at this point in time.Learn more about Cokanasiga’s fascinating story belowHow will you watch the next Rugby World Cup? Enter for a chance to win £100https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WH2MFM3 Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Player Features Related Articles 28 WEEKS AGO New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell… 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary… 30 WEEKS AGO The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more