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Jonah Lomu dies

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Jonah Lomu dies

Postby maco » Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:59 pm

Jonah Lomu dies,

Former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew confirmed on Wednesday that Lomu, survived by wife Nadene and young boys Brayley, 6, and Dhyreille, 5, died unexpectedly, although he has a long history of health issues.


Nadene Lomu said: “It is with great sadness that I must announce my dear husband Jonah Lomu died last night.


“As you can imagine, this is a devastating loss for our family and may I ask that our privacy, especially the privacy of our two very young boys, be respected as we take them through this traumatic time.”


Lomu has had a long running battle with kidney problems and had a life saving kidney transplant seven years ago.


Lomu, however, appeared in public on Tuesday, photographed arriving at Auckland airport by sports journalist Craig Norenbergs.


The huge winger - labelled rugby’s first professional superstar - played 63 Tests for New Zealand.


Former Australian rival and Lomu’s friend Tim Horan told Fox Sports News: “he was such a gentle and kind person.


“It’s such a shock and I spent time with him at the World Cup a couple of weeks ago.


“He added so much to the game of rugby. If anyone was asked about rugby and didn’t know a lot about it, they knew one person and that was Jonah Lomu.”


George Gregan said he also saw Lomu at the World Cup. “He looked the best I’d seen him in many years. He had that sparkle and look of life in his face,” Gregan said.


Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver extended condolences Lomu’s family and friends.


“I speak on behalf of the entire Australian Rugby community in expressing our deep sadness today after the passing of one of our game’s greatest ever players,” said Pulver.


“There will never be another Jonah Lomu. He was Rugby’s first genuine superstar.


“His long battle with health has been well documented and his legend grew even greater as he continued to inspire us all with his fight for life against a rare and crippling disease.


“Jonah’s legacy will live forever in our game, and indeed all over the world.”


New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said: “We’re all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah. We’re lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah’s family. Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world.”


Lomu revolutionised rugby as a blockbusting winger — as big as most forwards yet able to run like the wind.


Of Tongan heritage, Lomu attended Auckland’s Wesley College and shot to prominence aged 19 when he became the youngest All Blacks Test player when he debuted against France in 1994.


His finest moments came at Rugby World Cups and in 1995 he took the game by storm when he scored seven tries in five games, including four tries in the demolition of England — memorably steamrollering England fullback Mike Catt.


He scored 37 tries for New Zealand and shares the World Cup try-scoring record with Bryan Habana with 15.

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