Who Is Jonah Lomu, Kiwi Rugby Union Great Dies At 40

Who Is Jonah Lomu, Kiwi Rugby Union Great Dies At 40
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Jonah Lomu not only dominated the rugby circuit from 1994 to 2002, but also added new dimensions to the game. He was considered as the “most feared player” of his time. The Kiwi Rugby Union great passed away on Tuesday. He was only 40.


Who is Jonah Lomu?

Auckland born Jonah Lomu, the winger featured in 63 Test matches for New Zealand. He scored seven tries in four matches to draw the limelight as 19-year-old during 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Lomu had to quit the game suddenly in 2002. Before that he was diagnosed with serious kidney condition in 1996. He underwent a kidney transplant surgery in 2004 and his kidney stopped functioning in 2011.

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Lomu’s death is considered to be sudden and unexpected. He returned from the UK on Tuesday after having some time their for the recently concluded Rugby World Cup, as revealed by family spokesperson John Mayhew.

“Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world,” said Steve Tew, New Zealand Rugby chief executive.

“We’re lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah’s family.”

Lomu leaves behind his wife Nadene and two sons.

“The thoughts of the entire country are with his family.” New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said.