The towering New Zealand winger became an international phenomenon after his dominating performance in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He was possibly the most naturally-gifted rugby player who has ever lived as well as one of the most feared competitors – it’s difficult not to be scared of a 1.96m tall, 120kg man who can cover 100m in less than 11 seconds!
Diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome shortly after the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Jonah kept blowing away opponents, becoming a global sensation. In 2004, a friend donated a kidney to him, but it eventually failed in 2012. Lomu was told he needed a new transplant.
Even though he knew his lifespan would be cut short, he had no regrets and commented: “I’m really lucky, I’ve already lived more in one lifetime than many would in six or seven lifetimes,” he said.
“For me, the important thing is to ask ‘can you look in the mirror and say you’ve done everything to enjoy life?’.”