New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu has died aged 40.
Lomu scored 37 tries in 63 matches for New Zealand between 1994 and 2002. He was the standout star of the 1995 World Cup and is recognised as one of rugby’s most iconic ever players.
Lomu was diagnosed with a rare kidney condition in 1996. It eventually forced him to leave the sport, and he had a kidney transplant in 2004, but the organ stopped functioning in 2011.
New Zealand Rugby said in a statement.
‘We’re all shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of Jonah Lomu,’ said New Zealand rugby chief executive Steve Tew.
‘Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world.
‘We’re lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah’s family.’
According to television outlet 3News his death was ‘unexpected’ – but he had been struggling with various health problems.
Lomu will perhaps best be remembered in the UK for his devastating performance against England in the 1995 World Cup Semi-Final, here’s one of his tries from that day.
Lomu is survived by his wife Nadene and two sons. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.