Lomu’s Sevens push remembered before Rio

Date published: August 5 2016

Jonah Lomu's influence on the bid to include Rugby Sevens into the Olympics has been remembered on the eve of the competition.

The Women's Sevens begins on Saturday, August 6, with the Men's competition to follow on August 9.

Lomu was part of the bid team who lobbied to the International Olympic Committee for Sevens to be included into the Olympics, with Lomu present right up until the final bid in Copenhagen in 2009 when the sport was awarded inclusion.

Regarded by many as the greatest player to ever play the sport, Lomu passed away at the age of 40 last year.

"He was a huge player in the team which ensured the sport came into the Olympics," World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper told AAP.

"That team behaved like a rugby team, they all had different specialists. They came together to do a job and he was a big part of that.

"It's a pity he's not here to see the fruits of his efforts considering his love for sevens."