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hughff
18-11-2015, 12:14 AM
Being reported on all New Zealand news outlets. Age 40.

RIP big man.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11547393

hughff
18-11-2015, 12:18 AM
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LO1ZWGm5KnM

spt1978
18-11-2015, 12:19 AM
No age at all, RIP.

Breaking rocks
18-11-2015, 12:19 AM
Shocking news. I knew he had kidney problems in the past.

Giant of a player. Still can see Underwood bouncing off him.

RIP.

Scrumpy
18-11-2015, 12:21 AM
RIP. 40 is no age

evvo111
18-11-2015, 12:22 AM
Such a powerful, exciting player. RIP.

Nork1
18-11-2015, 12:23 AM
******* hell :(

hughff
18-11-2015, 12:25 AM
http://www.3news.co.nz/sport/jonah-lomu-dies-aged-40-2015111813#axzz3rnWZG6oL
Nice summary of his career here.

OLD BASING EAGLE
18-11-2015, 12:37 AM
Rip Jonah Lomu, rugby legend. Died today aged 40. Knew he wasn't well but still came as a shock.

Scrumpy
18-11-2015, 12:40 AM
Aatot

Steamy
18-11-2015, 12:40 AM
RIP Jonah. No age at all. Hope he was proud to see the All Blacks win at the end.

OLD BASING EAGLE
18-11-2015, 12:42 AM
Aatot

Sorry did not see it.

Steamy
18-11-2015, 12:42 AM
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LO1ZWGm5KnM

Stunning way to remember him.

Jonboy
18-11-2015, 12:46 AM
A name to make many an England rugby player wish they had taken up cricket.

hughff
18-11-2015, 12:53 AM
And even more so the Scots. Surprisingly never scored against Wales nor RSA.

PeterH
18-11-2015, 01:10 AM
RIP

sydney eagle
18-11-2015, 01:16 AM
I just read this. I thought it was a sick joke

:( R.I.P

KYLIE MINEAGLE
18-11-2015, 02:53 AM
Bloody hell . As someone said knew he had kidney problems but gone at 40. I'm not a big rah rah man but used to love watching Jonah trample all before him. The haka at his funeral will be a sight to behold.

exiledeagle1
18-11-2015, 03:08 AM
Unbelievable news.....

Was only watching him a couple of weeks ago on BT Sports on their Rugby Show.......shocking news.

RIP Jonah.............Legend !!!!

JimmyAG
18-11-2015, 03:18 AM
Blimey :-(

biggus mickus
18-11-2015, 03:37 AM
RIP.

RazorsEdge
18-11-2015, 05:06 AM
RIP

beds83
18-11-2015, 06:33 AM
was a beast in his prime, used to bulldoze opponents, really shocked

MasterYoda
18-11-2015, 06:47 AM
Changed the game. Legend over a short career.

After that giant wingers took over and the likes of Shane Williams few and far between.

SeanPalace84
18-11-2015, 07:00 AM
Not a big fan of rugby but know him as a legend!

RIP

hughff
18-11-2015, 07:07 AM
Latest news is that it was cardiac arrest due to complications from his kidney disease.

Tripod 10
18-11-2015, 07:14 AM
RIP Jonah.
One of the best to ever play the game.

foresthillbilly
18-11-2015, 08:21 AM
A giant of a guy, and one helluva player. I knew he had kidney problems a few years back, but he then withdrew from the limelight, trying to give himself the best chance of survival, in a bit of privacy.
Had it not been for bad health, no doubt his career would have been a lot longer and more successful.

Still a NZ legend

henryhallandhisbasque
18-11-2015, 08:24 AM
Shocked to hear this today. I knew he had kidney problems, but nonetheless, to hear of his very premature death at just 40 years old is extremely sad. Understand he leaves a wife and a young family. RIP and every sympathy to them.

Golf Boy
18-11-2015, 08:25 AM
Knocked over and handed off international players like they were schoolboys.

ExiledStirling
18-11-2015, 08:30 AM
'and England looked pathetic trying to tackle him there' - Bill McLaren

'A freak' - Will Carling

A giant on the pitch and came across as a gentle one off the pitch.

Am really saddened by this news.

RIP

ExCroydon_CPFC
18-11-2015, 08:33 AM
Remember him swiping aside England players in the World Cup years ago, think we put the Underwood brothers on him and they had no chance.

Rip big man

Mat ov CPFC
18-11-2015, 08:33 AM
Never had the slightest bit of interest in Rugby but he was perhaps the only single player who I would watch the clips of with real awe. To see somebody that big, moving that fast, must have been a terrifying sight to behold and sod being the person who had to get in his way.

Old Joe Paxton
18-11-2015, 08:34 AM
Seemed to be the epitome of the gentle giant. Very sad

kiralyspyjamas
18-11-2015, 08:43 AM
Sad news. RIP Jonah

kayjay
18-11-2015, 08:49 AM
The Deputy Principal at Wesley gave him a short talk about believing in yourself and became the youngest student to play for the firsts.
After joining the All Blacks, his manager sent him to Toastmakers to help overcome his shyness. At the height of his powers, he sat an 80 minute interview with an Aussie journalist where it was found that the recording had failed, Jonah offered to sit tight and do it again. Battled kidney disease since 1995.
A humble champion.

BaldEagle96
18-11-2015, 09:03 AM
Stunned to hear this sad news this morning.

Taken so young and such an athlete..

RIP big man! Sleep well.

Kylie_Tracey
18-11-2015, 09:21 AM
RIP Jonah, a true legend

firesign
18-11-2015, 09:25 AM
Very sad news. A true sporting legend and by all accounts a top bloke. RIP.

David of Kent
18-11-2015, 09:59 AM
And even more so the Scots. Surprisingly never scored against Wales nor RSA.

Particularly when you think he played 12 times against SA

R.I.P Big man

WLYWLYAWYPWF
18-11-2015, 10:17 AM
Never had the slightest bit of interest in Rugby but he was perhaps the only single player who I would watch the clips of with real awe. To see somebody that big, moving that fast, must have been a terrifying sight to behold and sod being the person who had to get in his way.

Ironically the only person who really managed to stop him with a clean tackle during that famous 95 World Cup was a scrum half. Joost van der Westhuizen played a blinder against him in the final. He's probably not for long either. The poor fecker has got motor neurone disease. Tragic.

Seagull-Eater_ Miss_Selhurst_ SE19_denizen
18-11-2015, 10:19 AM
its always more shocking when a athlete dies young. RiP gentle giant

Mat ov CPFC
18-11-2015, 10:23 AM
Ironically the only person who really managed to stop him with a clean tackle during that famous 95 World Cup was a scrum half. Joost van der Westhuizen played a blinder against him in the final. He's probably not for long either. The poor fecker has got motor neurone disease. Tragic.

I will take your word for it because I have not got a clue what a 'scrum half' is, let alone being able to see the irony in it.

But who ever he was, then he must have 'cojones' the size of Rugby balls to tackle that huge lump, especially when travelling at speed.

ConCPFC
18-11-2015, 10:27 AM
My dad's a Kiwi and has often said he was the most exciting player he ever saw play for the All Blacks. His 4 trys against England is still up there with my dad's favourite rugby moments. Exciting time in my dad's life as I was born a few days after the final; he was defintely glad I born after the final instead of before.

We met him once when he was promoting New Zealand apples in a Sainsbury's in around 2000 and I'll never forget his face when he took a promotional bite of one of the Apples and was trying his hardest to pretend they didn't taste like shit.

WLYWLYAWYPWF
18-11-2015, 10:37 AM
I will take your word for it because I have not got a clue what a 'scrum half' is, let alone being able to see the irony in it.

But who ever he was, then he must have 'cojones' the size of Rugby balls to tackle that huge lump, especially when travelling at speed.

Scrum half is usually the smallest player on the pitch.

Mat ov CPFC
18-11-2015, 10:41 AM
Scrum half is usually the smallest player on the pitch.

As I said, nuts as a big as beach-balls then. Because I would run a mile in the other direction if that big lump Lomu was charging towards me and I was meant to stop him.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
18-11-2015, 10:50 AM
Was just reading a piece on the BBC website a few months back about his plans at being in some sort of ambassadorial role for the recent World Cup, and how he was managing his illness with his wife and two sons. Came across as quite a humble yet inspirational man.

Many of us will remember him as about the closest thing you could see to some sort of superman, which makes it so shocking.

Seagull-Eater_ Miss_Selhurst_ SE19_denizen
18-11-2015, 10:57 AM
for those unfamiliar with Johah, the blokes in the green shirts are all over 6 feet tall and weigh well over 100 kilo's each, and here the four of them look pathetic

http://img.rasset.ie/000b641c-642.jpg

leesaw
18-11-2015, 11:31 AM
There are very few athletes that make you sit up and take notice of a sport that you do not really have much of an interest in, Jonah lomu was one of the few. A top class sportsman and a gentleman to boot. RIP

cranesparkeagle
18-11-2015, 12:29 PM
Only 40. He demolished England at a World cup, So big yet moved so quick. very sad

Payney
18-11-2015, 01:16 PM
What a player he was, Awesome athlete. RIP Big fella.

EaglesMad
18-11-2015, 03:31 PM
Amazing player, and always came across as a gentle giant - RIP!

kayjay
19-11-2015, 01:01 AM
So big yet moved so quick.

best time for the 100mts was reportedly 10.4secs at 118kgs

hughff
19-11-2015, 01:03 AM
His wife set up a donation page (https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/jonahlomulegacy) to continue his charity work but the volume of traffic was so large that it has temporarily crashed the site.

evvo111
22-11-2015, 05:13 PM
Some good stories here about the big man. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/king-size-bed-dentist-abertillery-10481628

ChiswickEagle
23-11-2015, 01:26 AM
Some great and deserved tributes to JL this weekend.

Btw, what Wasps have done this last two weekends is pretty special. Went to both games, just wow.