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    ON OFFER | Jonah Lomu's shorts ripped by Henry Honiball for R5.6m!

    2020-04-18 16:36

    There weren't many ways to stop rampaging New Zealanders Jonah Lomu, but ripping his shorts off him was at least a decent feat.

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    According to the Stuff website's Aaron Goile, now, for NZ$500 000 (R5.6 million), someone can own the autographed pair that the legendary All Blacks wing had ripped off him in the inaugural Super 12 final.

    Lomu, who died in 2015 aged 40 from a heart attack associated with his kidney condition, scored one of six tries for the Blues in their 45-21 win over the Sharks in the 1996 decider at Eden Park, and during the second half of that match had his shorts torn off by opposing flyhalf Henry Honiball.

    The shorts were flung over the sideline, said to have been snapped up by a ball boy, then a commentator, before Lomu demanded them back and gifted them to Starship Children's Health for them to auction.

    WATCH | Henry Honiball rips off Jonah Lomu's shorts

    Now, the man who paid NZ$4 800 to claim the famed shorts 24 years ago, is set to list them on Trade Me on Sunday, for more than 100 times that amount.

    The current owner said 50 percent of the funds raised will go to children's charities.

    The auction is set to go live at 12:00 on Sunday (NZ time).

    In that 1996 Super 12 season, the Blues finished second in the one-log standings, with the Sharks in fourth. The Blues outclassed third-placed Northern Transvaal 48-11 in their semi-final in Auckland, while the Sharks upset the table-topping Reds 43-25 in Ballymore.

    Despite featuring arguably their strongest ever XV - Andre Joubert, James Small, Jeremy Thomson, Dick Muir, Cabous van der Westhuizen, Henry Honiball, Kevin Putt, Gary Teichmann, Wikus van Heerden, Wayne Fyvie, Mark Andrews, Steve Atherton, Adrian Garvey, John Allan and Ollie le Roux - the Sharks fell short in the final against a Zinzan Brooke-led Blues side.

    Small (13) and Joubert (11) were the top two try-scorers in that inaugural season.

    The Blues would go on to defend their title in 1997 and win again in 2003, while the Sharks are still waiting to taste success having lost in four finals (1996, 2001, 2007, 2012) - the equal most along with the Crusaders and Brumbies.

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    Jonah Lomu's ripped shorts from the 1996 Super 12 final (Supplied)

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