Rugby Great Jonah Lomu LOSES His BATTLE With Kidney Problems

New Zealand sports legend JONAH LOMU has died at the age of 40.

Jonah Lomu

The former All Blacks rugby giant died unexpectedly on Wednesday (18Nov15).

Lomu had been battling kidney problems for years and underwent a life-saving transplant in 2008.

The sportsman became an overnight sensation in 1994 when, at 19, he became became the youngest person to play in an All Blacks Test when he took the field against France for his debut.

Jonah Lomu.

A year later, he made his mark on the World Cup stage by scoring seven tries in five games, including four in a famous victory over England. He scored 37 tries for his country and shares the World Cup try-scoring record with 15.

Lomu was forced to cut his rugby playing career short after he was diagnosed nephrotic syndrome. He received regular dialysis treatment to help him combat his kidney issues.