Jonah Lomu dies aged 40

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MORGAN PIEK

All Blacks and World Rugby great, Jonah Lomu has passed away at the age of 40. 

Lomu, who scored 43 tries in 63 Test for the Men in Black between 1994 and 2002 was diagnosed with a serious kidney condition while still playing – ultimately leading to him quiting the sport.

In 2004 Lomu had a much needed kidney transplate however it stopped functioning in 2011.

Family spokesman John Mayhew said in a statement Lomu's death was totally unexpected and that he had only arrived back in New Zealand from England on Tuesday after spending time there for the Rugby World Cup which the All Blacks won.

The massive winger set the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa alight with his four tries against England at Newlands, Cape Town in the semi-final which included him running over the top of South African-born and raised fullback, Mike Catt.

The Springboks are the only team Lomu never scored a try against despite being a major threat during the 1995 Final at Ellis Park in Johnnesburg which South Africa won 15-12.

Earlier this year his former teammate at the Hurricanes and All Blacks, Jerry Collins and his wife Alana Madill were killed in a vehicle accident in France.

Despite never winning the World Cup, Lomu is joint top try scorer alongside Springbok wing Bryan Habana with 15 tries in 11 Tests during the 1995 and 1999 tournaments.

Lomu is survived by his wife Nadene and two sons.

Rest in Peace big man.