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World Cup legend Jonah Lomu shocks rugby fans in Dublin pub

Kiwi hero appears at Clontarf venue to launch Heineken's 'It's Your Call' campaign

Published 26/08/2015

New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu stunned Dublin pub-goers when he seeming appeared out of vending machine.

The legend, whose 15 Rugby World Cup tries propelled him to legend status in the game was taking part in a promotional campaign for beer company Heineken in the run up to this year's tournament.

Guests at Harry Byrnes pub were the first to get a taste of the unpredictability of the coin flip, with Lomu hiding inside what they thought was a regular vending machine, and offering up some customised gifts that left everyone scratching their heads.

Ireland rugby hero Shane Horgan was on hand to reveal the true identity of the contents of the vending machine - much to the surprise and amusement of the rugby fans.

The campaign gives rugby fans the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be at the pre-match coin toss at an Ireland match during the tournament this autumn, right next to the team captains, moments before the game kicks-off.

Lomu said: "This Heineken video was a lot of fun to shoot.

"The Irish are known for their sense of humour across the world, so I was delighted to put that to the test. Seeing people's faces as they tried to figure out what was going on was a real highlight."

Mark Crosbie, who was at bar, added: "Everything was perfectly normal until people started receiving personalised merchandise from Jonah Lomu.

"A few people in the pub began questioning whether he was in fact in the building, but we all still got a huge surprise when Shane Horgan walked over and let him out of the box.

"He's a big man, I've no idea how he fitted into it."

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