Wednesday 18th November 2015
ON Wednesday 18th November, 2015, the rugby world woke to the sad news that rugby's bulldozing legend, the most recognisable All Black on the face of the earth, Jonah Lomu had passed away.
Diagnosed with nephrotic disease in the same year he burst onto the world stage during the Rugby World Cup in 1995, he battled the rare kidney disease for 20 years, before it finally won.
Having spent RWC2015 in England with his family, the Lomus travelled to Dubai for a holiday before returning home to Auckland on Tuesday.
He leaves behind his beautiful wife, Nadene, and much loved young sons, Brayley and Dhyreille.
Jonah Lomu, a giant of rugby union, towered over all other wingers at a 6'5", and won 63 caps for his country. But before he took the world by storm, Lomu represented New Zealand in U19s and U21s, and blew the Rugby Sevens world away in 1994 at the Hong Kong Sevens.
Lomu arrived on the world stage in 1995 at the Rugby World Cup in South Africa, with just two caps to his name, and proceeded to run over any player who dared get close. England Rugby's Mike Catt famously bore the brunt of Lomu's boots in the semi final at Newlands; the All Blacks trounced England 45-29, with Jonah smashing over the whitewash four times, before heading to the final against the Springboks at Ellis Park. After the game, England captain Will Carling said: "He is a freak and the sooner he goes away the better". But this was just the start for the legend that is Jonah Lomu...
The boys of Jonah Lomu's alma mater, Wesley College in Pukekohe, Auckland paid a fitting tribute to their hero...