Lomu dies at 40

By the punter
Nov 18, 2015
  • Jonah Lomu admired Kenya Sevens. William Ambaka, one of the Kenya Sevens players is nicknamed Lomu after the great winger.

Jonah Lomu, a rugby legend who re-defined the winger position in rugby has died at 40.

A BBC report said Lomu who scored 37 tries in 63 Tests for New Zealand between 1994 and 2002 died on Wednesday morning.

He was diagnosed with a rare kidney disorder, Nephrotic syndrome and received a transplant in 2004 but his body rejected the kindney in 2011.

Steve Tew, the New Zealand Rugby chief executive told the BBC: "Jonah was a legend of our game and loved his many fans both here and around the world. We're lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah's family."

Lomu was inducted in the International Rugby Hall of Fame on October 9, 2007 and the IRB Hall of Fame on October 24, 2011. Lomu made his entrance into international Rugby during the 1994 Hong Kong Sevens and was the Rugby World Cup all-time try scorers.

South Africa's Bryan Habana shares the podium with Lomu on 15 tries.

After undergoing a kidney operation in 2004, Lomu returned to rugby in 2005 before retiring in 2007.

The writer met a very media-friendly Lomu in Dubai and Hong Kong. He admired Kenyan rugby and was keen to visit the country whenever his packed schedule could allow.

One of the Kenyan players William Ambaka is nicknamed Lomu. Every year, Lomu has always returned to Hong Kong Sevens which was close to his heart. Lomu was a gentle giant who loved rugby. RIP Jonah Tali Lomu.

Additional information from wikipedia