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Jonah Lomu: New Zealand rugby union great dies aged 40

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Postby Les Nessman » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:31 am

New Zealand rugby union great Jonah Lomu has died aged 40.

Lomu, who scored 43 tries in 73 matches for New Zealand between 1994 and 2002, had been diagnosed with a rare and serious kidney condition.

It forced him to quit the game and he had a kidney transplant in 2004, but the organ stopped functioning in 2011.

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

"We're lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah's family."

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Family spokesman John Mayhew told New Zealand television that Lomu's death was "totally unexpected" and that he had only arrived back from the UK on Tuesday, after spending time there for the Rugby World Cup.

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

In an interview with the Daily Mail in August, Lomu had said he was on dialysis and hoping for a second kidney transplant.

He is survived by his wife Nadene and two sons.

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Postby Raffles » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:33 am

Eish! A legendary rugby player. R.I.P.

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Postby Bell 407 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:01 am

Very sad indeed. A powerhouse of a player :rip2:. But awesome memories of the '94 RWC final :thanx:

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Postby C D Kruger » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:02 am

:rip2: Hey B407 the grey matter is going it was '95 RWC :gooneybird: :bingo:

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Postby Bell 407 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:10 am

C D Kruger wrote:Hey B407 the grey matter is going it was '95 RWC :gooneybird: :bingo:

Oh my gosh you are so right - that will be a 1000 :whip: with a wet noodle :haha:

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Postby Bell 407 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:52 am

Remembered fondly - running through and over Mike Catt :good:

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