Jonah takes another gap

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news on 18 Feb 2008 at 13:32

Sydney – Promising Super 14 player Jarek Goebel thought he was entering into a lifetime commitment when he wed property manager Nadene Quirk on a perfect autumn afternoon last April.

The 23-year-old, part of the Blues squad that prepared for Saturday’s season opener against the Chiefs, was a picture of happiness at Auckland’s Bastion Point as he celebrated the couple’s big day with friends and family.

Now, 10 months later, Jarek’s hopes and aspirations for his future with the 27-year-old brunette have been shattered by Jonah Lomu a man who would count among his rugby idols.

Jarek is back home in Pakuranga, east Auckland, with the parents who raised him as a Roman Catholic to believe in the sanctity of marriage while Nadene begins a new life with Lomu in Wellington.

Lomu’s wife and manager Fiona has maintained her silence since the high-profile pair announced in December that they were working through “issues in their relationship”.

At the time, they claimed their four-year marriage “had not ended” and that no other parties were involved.


But Jarek confirmed details of the 63-test veteran’s affair with Nadene when approached by Sunday News on Friday, saying he was “angry, upset and shocked” by her decision to leave him.

Although he dreams of following Jonah’s steps into the All Blacks, Jarek insisted his relationship with Nadene always came first.

“I’m not like Jonah … I mean how many girls and weddings has he had,” Jarek said.

“My marriage has always come before my sport. Family is always first. Marriage is No 1.

“I am pretty private and I don’t really want to bare my soul about how I really feel. It’s been a hard time. I could make Jonah look a dick, but I’m not going to.”

But the well-regarded winger, who made his mark with the Auckland University side, revealed how the pain of the split became almost became unbearable when Nadene turned up at a Blues training session with her superstar lover a move that stunned Jarek and his teammates.

“Jonah and her turned up together,” he told Sunday News. “I suppose you could say I was angry, pretty angry, really.

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“I am just trying to sort myself out at the moment. Once it happened, I began doing my own thing. That’s the easiest way to get over it. As long as she is happy, that’s fine. I don’t want to look as if I am trying to bring them down. Life goes on.”

Nadene joins a list of brown-eyed beauties who have fallen for the charms of the sporting legend since he burst into the headlines at the 1995 World Cup.

Jonah would not comment on his latest love when confronted by Sunday News at the 10th anniversary celebrations of Wellington’s Te Papa Museum on Sunday but admitted: “I knew this was coming.”

He left the museum for a central city apartment owned by the Quirk family.

Nadene, who has built a successful career as a property management specialist and has been used by a government agency as a role model for young Maori women, was equally reluctant to talk when contacted on her cellphone.

“I don’t really have any comments to make about anything at the moment,” she said. But when asked if the training-ground appearance had been awkward for her and her young husband, she conceded: “I suppose you could say that.”

Fiona Lomu was at home last week at the $1.35m Herne Bay house she shared with Jonah but could not be reached by Sunday News Sunday night.

The couple married in a lavish ceremony on Waiheke Island in 2003 and Fiona stood by Jonah during the darkest days of his kidney failure, through his subsequent recovery from a transplant and his attempts at a rugby comeback.

At the height of his career, Jonah was believed to be worth in excess of $15m.

But he has not played competitively since his brief stint with North Harbour in 2006 and has been focusing largely on his work as a global ambassador for Adidas.

Fiona took over management duties from Welshman Phil Kingsley-Jones and can expect a significant financial settlement once the pair part.

unknown author – News 24


  • Oh Dear!
    His first one was a young SA girl from the Cape & he ditched her in New Zealand…lost a lot of respect for him at that time!

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.02.08 15:30:05 by Me2 Reply
    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • meat is meat and a man must eat

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.02.08 15:31:01 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • 😯 and I thought it was penguins you preferred 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.02.08 15:33:30 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • These are the cuckolded:



  • Comment 4, posted at 18.02.08 15:33:41 by Le Requinny Reply
  • what is this in moderation rubbish?

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.02.08 15:34:03 by Le Requinny Reply
  • ooooo, & now for Nadene:

    Ah the internet is a powerful thing!

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.02.08 15:35:33 by Le Requinny Reply
  • meat is meat and a man must eat

    18.02.08 15:31:01 – robdylan

    still no excuse sorry 😐

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.02.08 15:40:16 by KSA Sharkette Reply

    KSA Sharkette
  • huh?

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.02.08 15:40:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • 18.02.08 15:40:36 – robdylan
    if that was for me … I don’t think there is an excuse for an affair, if the marriage/relationship is over, end it BEFORE you get busy with someone else, both parties are just as guilty whether meat is meat or a man has to eat, or not 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.02.08 15:47:27 by KSA Sharkette Reply

    KSA Sharkette
  • why do some players think they are above the rules,
    many are afterall role models but seem to think they can act however and get away with more than anyone else …..turning up to the husband’s practice with his wife, the one you’re sleeping with – c’mon a little respect please 😕

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.02.08 15:50:44 by KSA Sharkette Reply

    KSA Sharkette
  • Kette I think you may have just stunned the gobby one (aka Rob) with that little sage outburst :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.02.08 15:52:28 by Le Requinny Reply
  • ksa shark, better behave. ksa sharkette is on to you. 🙂 we don’t want any messy affairs on this site.

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.02.08 15:53:00 by try time Reply

  • hehhe KSA knows, has been warned, he uses IT elsewhere, he will lose the use of it FOREVER 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.02.08 16:05:20 by KSA Sharkette Reply

    KSA Sharkette
  • So its use it and lose it not use it or lose it.

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.02.08 16:23:05 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • PJLD 😆
    you’re a fast learner !

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.02.08 16:32:08 by KSA Sharkette Reply

    KSA Sharkette
  • Its only cheating if you get caught. 😆

    Until then its merely “outsourcing”.

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.02.08 16:33:37 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Im just surprised i was allowed to keep my headline 😯

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.02.08 16:34:40 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Anyway, what you gonna do if Jonah takes your stukkie?

    He is as big as a house. It’ll be like:
    “Hi Jonah, Im a big fan of yours. Listen, about my wife; I know she can be very attractive and stuff, and you are known to have an eye for the ladies, but I actually smaak her. Do you mind not having an affair with her please? Thanks.”

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.02.08 16:38:15 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • 😆 bigfish, you got a point there 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.02.08 16:44:39 by KSA Sharkette Reply

    KSA Sharkette
  • 18.02.08 16:44:39 – KSA Sharkette

    On it only being cheating if you get caught?

    Don’t worry, my lips are sealed (and my pockets are open)… 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.02.08 16:48:41 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • I would set James Small onto him….it worked once before 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.02.08 17:16:27 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • Jonah has some good company in Steve Hof and Jacob Zuma.

    Anyway Jarek is better off without her.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.02.08 17:33:24 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the Subtle

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