40 year old All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu dies

Lance Polu

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Source: RNZI

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2015: Messages of condolences and support have started flowing in as the rugby world learns of the death of All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu who has died at the age of 40.

The former rugby player had suffered from kidney problems since 1995, and received a transplant in 2004.

Lomu’s on-field deeds captured the imagination of fans in all corners of the world during a 63-test career for the All Blacks.

Born in Auckland of Tongan descent, Lomu made his All Black debut against France in 1994.

At his peak, the giant left winger would routinely swat aside, trample over and sprint away from tacklers on his way to 37 test tries.

He was released on unsuspecting opponents at the 1995 World Cup, scoring seven tries in spectacular fashion.

In 2007, he was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Lomu is survived by his wife Nadene and two children.

Jonah Lomu in action against England in the 1995 World Cup

Jonah Lomu in action against England in the 1995 World Cup