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Jonah Lomu, the World Rugby Hall of Famer and All Black winger, died at age 40 from kidney disease.
In essence, at six feet five, with the running style of a fast and powerful tank, became the first global rugby super star.
He scored 32 tries in 67 test matches, most memorably,eight in the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
Prior to Lomu, the classic wingers were slim and fast, relying on speed to turn the corner on an opponent. Lomu, who resembled the NFL’s Jim Brown in strength and balance, chose often to run at, and then over the opposition. His handling of England’s Mike Catt is testament to his brute force.
Lomu retired in 2007, and commented on the recent World Cup where he saw his All Blacks triumph for the third time.