The world of rugby union is paying tribute to the All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu who has died at the age of 40. He’d been suffering from kidney disease for two decades and had been awaiting a second transplant when he past away unexpectedly.
A man from humble origins he rose to become rugby union’s first global superstar and with his pace and power he changed the wing position forever.
Lomu’s success on the field … 37 tries in 63 tests was an impressive haul and New Zealand Rugby arguably owe part of their huge commercial success over the last 20 years to Lomu’s performances at the 1995 World Cup.
Messages on social media have poured in – one in particular from French captain Thierry Dusautoir who wrote: “You inspired a generation of rugby players around the world – Thank you for so much.”
NZR CEO Steve Tew: “We're all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu….— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 18, 2015
All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu dead at 40: The rugby world is in mourning following the tragic death of All Blac… https://t.co/P5n3hKRwl2— Australian Headlines (@AussieHeadlines) November 18, 2015