Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) is deeply
saddened by the news that legendary All Black wing Jonah Lomu has passed away
Lomu, who was 40 years old when he died, was the star of the
1995 Rugby World Cup tournament, held in South Africa, and went on to become
arguably the sport’s first global superstar. He returned to South Africa
earlier this year for the making of a documentary during which he was reunited
with former Springbok opponents as well as being a guest at the SARU Player of
the Year Awards.
“We woke up to the news of Jonah’s sudden passing this
morning and I speak for the whole South African rugby community when I say we
are deeply, deeply shocked and moved by this news,” Oregan Hoskins, president
of SARU, said on Wednesday.
“Jonah was a simply unbelievable player but, as much as he
was a mighty All Black, he had a special place in South African hearts because
of the connection we made in 1995.
“He was a credit to his country and a world ambassador for
the game, loved as much for his humility and generosity of spirit as his
playing. His passing leaves a hole in all our rugby lives.
“I would like to pass on the condolences of the South
African rugby community to the entire New Zealand rugby community but most
particularly to Jonah’s family and closest friends.”