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Jonah Lomu was a New Zealand rugby player

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 12, 1975
Died onNovember 18, 2015
NationalityNew Zealander
FamousNew Zealand Men, Sportspersons, Rugby Players
SpousesFiona Lomu, Nadene Quirk, Tanya Rutter
SiblingsJohn Lomu, Noah Lomu, Sela Lomu
Known asJonah Tali Lomu
Childrens Brayley Lomu, Dhyreille Lomu
Universities
  • Wesley College
  • Auckland
Cause of deathHeart Attack
Birth PlaceGreenlane, Auckland, New Zealand
Height196cm
GenderMale
FatherSemisi Lomu
MotherHepi Lomu
Sun SignTaurus
Born inGreenlane, Auckland, New Zealand
Famous asRugby Player
Died at Age40

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Who is Jonah Lomu?

Jonah Tali Lomu was a New Zealand rugby player—a spectacularly fast and powerful winger—who played 63 tests for New Zealand. At the age of 19, he became the youngest All Blacks player to play international games. He finished his international career with 63 caps and 37 tries. He was described as the first true global superstar of rugby union as he had a huge impact on the game. He was compared with super famous sporting figures like Muhammad Ali, Don Bradman, and Tiger Woods. He was considered 'rugby union's biggest drawcard', as he drew huge attendance in matches. He was acclaimed as the top player at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. He holds the Rugby World Cup all-time try score record of 15 tries. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a serious kidney disorder, which forced him to retire from professional rugby quite early in his career. He died after suffering a heart attack associated with his kidney condition. He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame on October 9, 2007, and the IRB Hall of Fame on October 24, 2011.

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Childhood & Early Life

Jonah Tali Lomu was born on May 12, 1975 in Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand, to Semisi Lomu (father) and Hepi Lomu (mother).

In his early childhood, he spent some time in Tonga with his aunt and uncle. After he lost his uncle and a cousin in gang violence, his mother took him out of Tonga, and sent him to Wesley College where he did his schooling.

Career

Jonah Lomu started playing rugby professionally at the age of 14, and played a game with New Zealand sevens star Eric Rush. Rush was so impressed with him that he invited him to a sevens tournament in Singapore.

He was introduced to rugby union through a tournament in Te Kuiti. Initially, he started his rugby union career in the forwards as an openside flanker. Sometimes he also played on the blindside.

In 1993, at the age of 18, he represented New Zealand in the national under-19 side and under-21 side.

At the age of 19, he became the youngest All Black test player as he played against France in 1994, breaking a record set by Edgar Wrigley in 1905. He was included in the squad for the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, where he scored seven tries in five matches.

New Zealand played against Australia for Bledisloe Cup, where Lomu scored tries in two matches. He also scored two tries in the New Zealand national team All Blacks’ victory over Italy in Bologna. The team lost against France in Toulouse, where he failed to score any tries. But he scored a try in the second test in Paris, which helped his team to win.

South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia created the Tri-Nations, an annual competition between the three nations, in which New Zealand won all the games to become the first Tri-Nations winners. Lomu scored a try in a 43–6 victory over Australia.

In 1996, he took off some time from the sport after being diagnosed with a serious kidney disorder. However, at the end of 1997, he played at the All Blacks tour of the northern hemisphere, and in the two warm up matches, he scored tries against Wales 'A' and Emerging England.

When the English rugby team played against New Zealand in 1998, he scored in the first, which was a 64–22 win in Dunedin, but not in the second test.

In 1999, in a game against Samoa, he scored one of the All Blacks' nine tries. He scored eight tries at the 1999 World Cup. In pool matches as well, he scored two tries against Tonga, one against England and two against Italy.

In 2000, he helped the team achieve big victories over Tonga and Scotland. The opening match of the 2000 Tri Nations Series witnessed a record crowd of 109,874, and was considered as the ‘match of the century'. In the match, Lomu scored the winning try.

In 2001, he played his 50th test for the All Blacks at the Carisbrook 'House of Pain', and scored a try in the second minute of the play. This was followed by a win over South Africa. He also played his debut match against Northern United, and scored twice. There he attracted a bumper crowd.

In 2002, Jonah Lomu scored a try against Italy. He played in a match against the Irish, which New Zealand won 40–8. He also played the Tri Nations Series against South Africa. Against England in November, he scored two tries, but New Zealand lost the game. Due to his illness, he could not play any international matches for several months after this.

He returned to play rugby in 2005. In April 2005, he signed a two-year contract to play for New Zealand first division provincial team North Harbour in NPC. He missed the first season as he injured his shoulder.

North Harbour gave him permission to play at the Cardiff Blues. He scored his first try for Cardiff in December 2005, with a man-of-the-match performance during a 41–23 win against the Newport Gwent Dragons.

He broke his ankle, and on healing, he returned to North Harbour for the 2006 NPC season. He played against Marist in the North Harbour club competition. He played against Wellington, with his team winning 31-16. Due to his failing kidney, he retired from professional rugby in 2007, but played some charity matches.

Awards & Achievements

In 1995, Jonah Lomu was named Player of the Tournament in the Rugby World Cup and was the first All Black since 1905 to score four tries against England in a test match.

At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, he won a gold medal representing New Zealand in the Sevens Rugby event.

In 2002, the UK public voted Lomu's performance in the 1995 World Cup no. 19 on the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.

He was the youngest player to score ten test match tries and the first to score 12 test match tries in a year.

Personal Life

In 1996, Jonah Lomu married South African Tanya Rutter. They stayed together for four years in New Zealand before they divorced. He married Fiona in August 2003, but they got divorced in 2008 due to his affair with Nadene Quirk.

He married Nadene in 2011 and they had two children—Brayley and Dhyreille. At the time of his death, he was living with Nadene.

He was a member of the Champions for Peace club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to maintaining peace in the world through sport. In 1996, McDonald's New Zealand named a burger ‘Jonah Burger’ after Lomu.

In 1995, he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a serious kidney ailment. While he was getting treated, he put his rugby union career on hold. In 2003, he was put on dialysis, and due to its side effects, the nerves of his feet and legs were severely damaged.

In 2004, he underwent a kidney transplant in Auckland, New Zealand. His long-time friend Grant Kereama, who was a Wellington radio presenter, donated his kidney. On November 18, 2015, Lomu died in Auckland due to a heart attack linked to his kidney disease.

Despite making millions during his rugby career, he had faced acute financial crisis due to his previous divorces, treatment for kidney disease, and unsuccessful business ventures. At the time of his death, he owed money on property investments and loans taken to buy personal vehicles. He had sold off his properties, including his Maupuia mansion, but still lacked funds during his last days.

New Zealand’s rugby players started a trust fund to support his two sons after his death as it emerged that he was almost penniless when he died.

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Jonah Lomu biography timelines

  • // 1905 To 1995
    In 1995, Jonah Lomu was named Player of the Tournament in the Rugby World Cup and was the first All Black since 1905 to score four tries against England in a test match.
  • // 12th May 1975
    Jonah Tali Lomu was born on May 12, 1975 in Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand, to Semisi Lomu (father) and Hepi Lomu (mother).
  • // 1993
    In 1993, at the age of 18, he represented New Zealand in the national under-19 side and under-21 side.
  • // 1995 To 2002
    In 2002, the UK public voted Lomu's performance in the 1995 World Cup no. 19 on the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.
  • // 1995 To 2003
    In 1995, he was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome, a serious kidney ailment. While he was getting treated, he put his rugby union career on hold. In 2003, he was put on dialysis, and due to its side effects, the nerves of his feet and legs were severely damaged.
  • // 1996 To 1997
    In 1996, he took off some time from the sport after being diagnosed with a serious kidney disorder. However, at the end of 1997, he played at the All Blacks tour of the northern hemisphere, and in the two warm up matches, he scored tries against Wales 'A' and Emerging England.
  • // 1996
    He was a member of the Champions for Peace club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to maintaining peace in the world through sport. In 1996, McDonald's New Zealand named a burger ‘Jonah Burger’ after Lomu.
  • // 1998
    When the English rugby team played against New Zealand in 1998, he scored in the first, which was a 64–22 win in Dunedin, but not in the second test.
  • // 1998
    At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, he won a gold medal representing New Zealand in the Sevens Rugby event.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, in a game against Samoa, he scored one of the All Blacks' nine tries. He scored eight tries at the 1999 World Cup. In pool matches as well, he scored two tries against Tonga, one against England and two against Italy.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he helped the team achieve big victories over Tonga and Scotland. The opening match of the 2000 Tri Nations Series witnessed a record crowd of 109,874, and was considered as the ‘match of the century'. In the match, Lomu scored the winning try.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, he played his 50th test for the All Blacks at the Carisbrook 'House of Pain', and scored a try in the second minute of the play. This was followed by a win over South Africa. He also played his debut match against Northern United, and scored twice. There he attracted a bumper crowd.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, Jonah Lomu scored a try against Italy. He played in a match against the Irish, which New Zealand won 40–8. He also played the Tri Nations Series against South Africa. Against England in November, he scored two tries, but New Zealand lost the game. Due to his illness, he could not play any international matches for several months after this.
  • // 2004 To 18th Nov 2015
    In 2004, he underwent a kidney transplant in Auckland, New Zealand. His long-time friend Grant Kereama, who was a Wellington radio presenter, donated his kidney. On November 18, 2015, Lomu died in Auckland due to a heart attack linked to his kidney disease.
  • // Apr 2005
    He returned to play rugby in 2005. In April 2005, he signed a two-year contract to play for New Zealand first division provincial team North Harbour in NPC. He missed the first season as he injured his shoulder.
  • // Dec 2005
    North Harbour gave him permission to play at the Cardiff Blues. He scored his first try for Cardiff in December 2005, with a man-of-the-match performance during a 41–23 win against the Newport Gwent Dragons.
  • // 2006 To 2007
    He broke his ankle, and on healing, he returned to North Harbour for the 2006 NPC season. He played against Marist in the North Harbour club competition. He played against Wellington, with his team winning 31-16. Due to his failing kidney, he retired from professional rugby in 2007, but played some charity matches.
  • // 2011
    He married Nadene in 2011 and they had two children—Brayley and Dhyreille. At the time of his death, he was living with Nadene.

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Jonah Lomu's FAQ

  • What is Jonah Lomu birthday?

    Jonah Lomu was born at 1975-05-12

  • When was Jonah Lomu died?

    Jonah Lomu was died at 2015-11-18

  • Where was Jonah Lomu died?

    Jonah Lomu was died in Auckland

  • Which age was Jonah Lomu died?

    Jonah Lomu was died at age 40

  • Where is Jonah Lomu's birth place?

    Jonah Lomu was born in Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand

  • What is Jonah Lomu nationalities?

    Jonah Lomu's nationalities is New Zealander

  • Who is Jonah Lomu spouses?

    Jonah Lomu's spouses is Fiona Lomu, Nadene Quirk, Tanya Rutter

  • Who is Jonah Lomu siblings?

    Jonah Lomu's siblings is John Lomu, Noah Lomu, Sela Lomu

  • Who is Jonah Lomu childrens?

    Jonah Lomu's childrens is Brayley Lomu, Dhyreille Lomu

  • What was Jonah Lomu universities?

    Jonah Lomu studied at Wesley College, Auckland

  • What is Jonah Lomu's cause of dead?

    Jonah Lomu dead because of Heart Attack

  • How tall is Jonah Lomu?

    Jonah Lomu's height is 196

  • Who is Jonah Lomu's father?

    Jonah Lomu's father is Semisi Lomu

  • Who is Jonah Lomu's mother?

    Jonah Lomu's mother is Hepi Lomu

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