New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu has died.
He was 40. The All Blacks player was considered by many
to be rugby′s first global superstar. His team′s doctor said Lomu′s death was
unexpected… even though he′s battled kidney disease for two decades… including a transplant
in 2004. He was awaiting another transplant and undergoing
dialysis treatment. Condolences have poured into New Zealand from
around the world. Prime Minister John Key said Lomu had a real
affection for the New Zealand people. ″You know， his proudest and happiest moments
actually was when he pulled on the All Black jersey， and just someone that knew his heritage
and his history as well specific culture.″ Lomu′s powerful play changed the wing position
of rugby forever…despite his relatively short career professionally because of kidney
disease. His story is one of never giving up. He almost
didn′t make the roster for the 1995 World Cup.
That′s right. It would have been a mistake for New Zealand. Lomu played an incredible
tournament… and went on to make the roster for the 1999 World Cup while battling his