Jonah Lomu was rugby’s first truly global superstar.
At his best he was virtually unstoppable as any opponent who dared to stand in his way during Rugby World Cup 1995 will testify. The giant winger, the most physically impressive specimen the world of rugby had seen, was an instant sensation, scoring seven tries – four of them in the semi-final win over England – as the All Blacks reached their second final.
All this while Lomu battled against the debilitating effects of nephrotic syndrome, a condition that would ultimately cost him his life in November 2015, aged just 40. A legend in every sense of the word, Lomu scaled similar heights to those he reached in South Africa at RWC 1999, the eight tries he scored taking his overall tally to 15 – a record since matched by Bryan Habana.
Lomu scored 37 tries in 63 tests for the All Blacks and helped New Zealand win gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.