Rugby in shock as legend Jonah Lomu passes away

Jonah Lomu was a giant of the rugby world
Jonah Lomu was a giant of the rugby world

The world of rugby has been plunged into shock after it was confirmed that New Zealand rugby icon Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40.

Lomu emerged as a superstar of rugby after his breakthrough tournament at the 1995 World Cup and turned in some memorable performances in an international career that ended in 2002.

He was in London with his family for the recent World Cup and his Twitter feet confirms he enjoyed a holiday in Dubai last week as he appeared to be in good health.

Yet news broke early on Wednesday morning in New Zealand that confirms one of the country's sporting greats had passed away at a tragically early age.

The news was confirmed via a message from the All Blacks official Twitter account:

Tributes quickly flowed for a giant who became a superstar to a wider sporting audience, with his passing sparking a rush of tributes:

This was the try that propelled Lomu to the top of the game, as he left England players trailing in his wake back in 2005. Gone but never forgotten, Lomu was a rugby player who deserved his status as a legend.