Cape Town - Southern hemisphere rugby governing body, SANZAR, has paid tribute to former All Black wing Jonah Lomu following the sudden news of his passing in Auckland on Wednesday.
Interim SANZAR chief executive, Brendan Morris, commented: "Not only was Jonah Lomu a legend of our game, he was one of those rare superstar players that transcended rugby. He quickly became a household name around the world with his power and skill, inspiring a generation of athletes.
"While we mourn the tragic loss of Jonah, we should also take time to remember and celebrate his wonderful career and achievements. Lomu will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest players the game has seen.
"Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the Lomu family and New Zealand Rugby as another legend is taken far too soon. Rest in peace."
Lomu, who received a kidney transplant in 2004, Lomu scored 37 tries in 63 Tests between 1994 and 2002.