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18th Nov 2015

Tributes flood in to “colossus” Jonah Lomu after his sad passing

Gone too soon

Patrick McCarry

While the Southern Hemisphere is coming to terms with Lomu’s unfortunate passing, the Northern Hemisphere awoke to the news.

For rugby fans of a certain age, Jonah Lomu was rugby. For rugby fans of every age, the New Zealand winger was an unstoppable, stand-back-and-gape talent.

Rugby mad New Zealand is in mourning today after news emerged of Lomu’s death, aged just 40.

Jonah Lomu sports his No14 eyebrow cut after playi

Tana Umaga, a former teammate and friend of Lomu’s, aptly summed up the player’s impact on the game.

He commented, “There was no one like him. To be honest there probably never will be.”

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said, “He is truly a legend of the game and I think New Zealanders will really feel Jonah’s loss in an amazing way.”

Tributes to Lomu have flooded in from the rugby world and beyond.

Rest in peace to my brother Jonah Lomu. Going to miss you bro! ?

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