Rugby Union

New Zealand great Jonah Lomu dies aged 40

Published Add your comment

Football News

Former New Zealand rugby union player Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40.

Lomu, who won 63 caps for the All Blacks, had suffered from health problems since his retirement from the game in 2002 due to a rare kidney disease.

A tweet from New Zealand Rugby chief Steve Tew read: "We're all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu."

The New Zealand Rugby tweet from Tew continued: "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, who made his All Blacks debut in 1994, made a significant impact at the 1995 World Cup.

He played for several domestic teams - Auckland Blues, Chiefs and Hurricanes in Super Rugby, as well as North Harbour, Counties Manukau and Wellington.

He also had a stint with Cardiff Blues, for whom he played 10 matches for from 2005-06, before retiring from the game in 2007.

He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007 and the IRB Hall of Fame four years later.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Rugby Union

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again