One of Australia's greatest adversaries has provided a massive shot of inspiration for the Wallabies after visiting training in Auckland on Wednesday.
Several Wallabies became star-struck when legendary All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu strode onto North Harbour Stadium to watch the side finalise preparations for Friday's bronze play-off against Wales.
Coach Robbie Deans contacted Lomu last week to arrange a private catch up and the 36-year-old, who was recently discharged from hospital after being admitted with kidney failure, also asked to visit training.
"Unbelievable," said Australia full-back Kurtley Beale said of the chance to meet Lomu.
"Pretty crazy to have him there, I think it made the boys train better.
"Just his presence, he's a well-respected man in the game, one of the legends of the game, so... the way he played, everyone who plays rugby tries to emulate Jonah Lomu and tries to take parts of his game to try to put into their own game to go out there and play.
"It was just unbelievable to have him there. I was pretty shocked," added the 22-year-old, who returns to the starting line-up for the Wales game after recovering from injury.
By his own admission, Wallabies wing Digby Ioane behaved more like a giddy teenager than a seasoned Test star when he met his rugby idol.
"I saw Jonah at training, I just went up to him straight away and said 'hi Jonah' and he said 'what's up Diggers?' and I went 'sweet'," explained Ioane.
"Then I ran off to the field and told James [O'Connor] and Kurtley Beale that he just said my name and they said 'no way', and then James lied and said 'yeah he said my name too' and I said 'yeah whatever mate'.
"He's everyone's hero and I don't think there will be another Jonah."
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