The world of sport woke up this morning to the shocking news that Rugby’s first “SUPERSTAR”, Jonah Lomu has sadly passed away.
Lomu had suffered from kidney disease for two decades and had a transplant in 2004 but former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew said his death was a complete shock.
Zinzan Brooke has paid tribute to “great friend” and former New Zealand team-mate Jonah Lomu, who has died at the age of 40.
“He could have played in any position he wanted to on the field,” Brooke told BBC Radio 5 live. “It was Laurie Mains who decided to play him on the wing. It’s amazing what he did in that ’95 World Cup. He launched himself on the international scene and changed the way the game was played in an instant. He was very calm but you knew you had a force within the team. He was phenomenal. When you think of the World Cup you will always go back to Jonah running round or over opponents. You’ll always remember the superstar that was Jonah Lomu.
I’m still in shock now realising a great friend has gone.” – Zinzan Brooke
The warrior of a winger, who scored 37 tries in 63 Test matches for the All Blacks, had suffered from health problems since his retirement from the game in 2002 due to a rare kidney disease – but the news came as a shock.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 18, 2015
R.I.P Jonah Lomu, you will be sadly missed.