New Zealand rugby union great Jonah Lomu has died aged 40.
Lomu, who scored 43 tries in 73 matches for New Zealand between 1994 and 2002, was diagnosed with a serious kidney condition while still playing.
It forced him to quit the game and he had a kidney transplant in 2004, but it stopped functioning in 2011.
“Jonah was a legend of our game and loved by his many fans both here and around the world,” said New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew.
“We’re lost for words and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jonah’s family.”
I took my sons to meet him here in Dublin many years ago. He was a gentleman.
He will be missed.