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All Blacks icon Jonah Lomu taken to hospital

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All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu has been taken to hospital but is reported to be in a stable condition.

The 63-Test former New Zealand wing, who was the special guest at the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony, underwent a kidney transplant in 2004.

All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen said today: "I heard that (he was in hospital) this morning, which is really sad news.

"Our thoughts are with the big fella and hopefully he makes a speedy recovery."

Lomu burst onto the international rugby scene during the 1994 Hong Kong Sevens tournament and was widely acknowledged to be the top player at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa even though New Zealand lost the championship game to the host Springboks. At one time Lomu was considered 'rugby union's biggest drawcard', swelling attendances at any match where he appeared. He is officially the Rugby World Cup all-time top try scorer with 15 tries.

Lomu's wife Nadene told the Herald on Sunday: "All I can say is my husband is stable and until we know exactly what's wrong, we are not prepared to comment".

Video: The genius that was Jonah Lomu

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