John Lomax (rugby league)

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John Lomax
Personal information
Full name John Junior Lomax[1]
Born (1966-02-02) 2 February 1966 (age 48)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
19?? Wainuiomata Lions
1993–96 Canberra Raiders 65 3 0 0 12
1997–99 North Queensland 44 1 0 0 4
2000 Melbourne Storm 3 0 0 0 0
Total 112 4 0 0 16
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988–92 Wellington 25
1990–92 New Zealand Māori
1993–98 New Zealand 15 0 0 0 0
Source: RLP

John Junior Lomax[2] (born 2 February 1966) is a New Zealand former rugby league player who represented his country. He is the brother of another international, David Lomax.

Early years[edit]

Lomax grew up playing rugby league for the Wainuiomata Lions in the Wellington Rugby League competition and also represented Wellington at a provincial level.

During the 1992 season he lined up alongside three of his brothers; Tony, David and Arnold, for Wellington against Bay of Plenty.[3] All four brothers also played for the Lions that year in their 25-18 national club grand final win over the Northcote Tigers. In 1993 he was invited to be part of an Auckland Invitational XIII side that drew 16-all with the Balmain Tigers.[4]

Playing career[edit]

In 1993 Lomax moved Australia, joining the Canberra Raiders. He won the club's player of the year award in 1994. Lomax played in sixty five games for the club before he moved to the North Queensland Cowboys, where he was named player of the year in 1998.[5] Near the end of his career Lomax also spent a season with the Melbourne Storm.

Lomax is well known for being the player who ended the career of Parramatta Eels player Adam Ritson in 1996, knocking the 20-year-old out in a head high tackle from which Ritson would never fully recover, suffering a brain cist during the tackle.[6]

Representative career[edit]

In 1990 he represented the New Zealand Māori against Great Britain.[7] He later played at the 1992 Pacific Cup.

John Lomax was a New Zealand international between 1993 and 1998. He played in fifteen tests for the Kiwis, including at the 1995 World Cup.


In 2012 he was named in the Wellington Rugby League's Team of the Century.


  1. ^ Team of the Century - Week 6 Wellington Rugby League
  2. ^ Lomax, John Junior 1993 - 95, 1997 - 98 - Kiwi #639
  3. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  4. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.298.
  5. ^ Honours at
  6. ^ NRL's amazing injury comebacks and tragic retirements leading up to Jharal Yow Yeh's return, Fox Sports Australia, 4 February 2014
  7. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 261. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. ISBN 1-86969-331-0. 

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