The man who changed the game as we know it, Jonah Lomu, has passed away suddenly in Auckland, aged 40. Twenty years on from making the biggest impact the game has ever seen, Lomu had just arrived back home after spending time at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Family spokesperson John Mayhew confirmed that Lomu died unexpectedly at his family home.
The former giant winger battled a rare kidney disease for decades, at times hampering his career, and eventually ending it. He later received a kidney transplant but his body rejected it. Lomu has been on dialysis for years.
The tribute video below, from Sky NZ, was originally used to promote the Bledisloe Cup but has been adapted and it a perfect depiction of the great man’s rugby life. May the legend Rest in Peace.