Few people had heard the name Jonah Lomu before the 18 year old, fresh out of Wesley College in Auckland, arrived with the rest of the New Zealand squad for the Hong Kong Sevens in 1994.
By the end of the three day extravaganza Lomu had announced his arrival on the world stage, helping New Zealand win the title by beating Australia in the final with the teenager memorably rounding one David Campese to score a try in the 31-12 victory.
Lomu was labelled a star of tomorrow, but before the year was out he had become the youngest ever player to wear the All Blacks jersey and had also gone on to take the world by storm, being named Player of the Tournament at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Even when his name was the biggest in the rugby world, however, Lomu never lost his love of sevens and found time to play in nearly 20 tournaments over the next seven years, including the Commonwealth Games in 1998 when New Zealand won the gold medal.
The 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong was deprived of this rarest of talents - the wing was kept out of the event by his rare kidney disorder Nephrotic Syndrome, which resulted in him undergoing a kidney transplant in July 2004 - but he bounced back four years later.
In 2001 in the Argentinean resort of Mar del Plata Lomu did play in a RWC Sevens, although coach Gordon Tietjens only used him sparingly as New Zealand topped Pool C by beating Spain, Japan, Zimbabwe, Chile and England.