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One of the All Blacks greatest players was also one of the sports most intimidating. Standing at 6ft 5in, Lomu would dwarf his opponents and the ones that dared tackle him would be swatted away like flies.
Jonah Lomu One of the All Blacks greatest players was also one of the sports most intimidating. Standing at 6ft 5in, Lomu would dwarf his opponents and the ones that dared tackle him would be swatted away like flies.
Jonah Lomu
New Zealand v Australia (rugby) The two nations first clashed on a rugby field in 1903, and by 1907 the fixture was already attracting crowds of over 50,000. They continue to play one another on an annual basis as part of the Tri-Nations competition, contesting the Bledisloe Cup. The two Southern Hemisphere sides have consistently been at the top of the game, producing a rivalry with as much quality as there is intensity. A meeting in 2000 has been described as the greatest game of rugby ever played. In front of a world record crowd of 109,874 in Sydney, the lead changed numerous times before the legendary Jonah Lomu scored a last minute try for the All Blacks, giving them an incredible victory.

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

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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".

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