Wednesday 28 September 2016

Brian O'Driscoll and Dan Carter with touching tributes to Jonah Lomu

Published 18/11/2015 | 09:11

Jonah Lomu celebrates the New Zealand sevens Gold medal in the Commonwealth games. Photo: Getty Images
Jonah Lomu celebrates the New Zealand sevens Gold medal in the Commonwealth games. Photo: Getty Images

All Black legend Dan Carter has admitted he would have "done anything" to play a Test match with Jonah Lomu while Brian O'Driscoll has hailed the game's "first real superstar".

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The 63-cap All Black passed away aged just 40 after a long battle with a rare kidney disease.

Auckland-born Lomu burst onto the global stage at the 1995 World Cup as a 19-year-old and is best remembered for scoring seven tries in four matches in that tournament. He retired from the game in 2007, the year he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame. He also joined the IRB Hall of Fame four years later.

Tributes have been pouring in globally for the rugby legend, with arguably two of the finest players of their generation among the many to pay their respects.

18 Jun 1995: Jonah Lomu charges through the tackle of England's Mike Catt to score a try during the 1995 Rugby World Cup Semi Final
18 Jun 1995: Jonah Lomu charges through the tackle of England's Mike Catt to score a try during the 1995 Rugby World Cup Semi Final

"Really awful news to wake up to this morning. Jonah was rugby's first real superstar. Thoughts are with his family," Brian O'Driscoll posted on his Twitter account.

Dan Carter, the recently crowned World Rugby Player of the Year after playing a key role in New Zealand's second successive World Cup triumph, had a touching message on his social media account.

"I still can't believe the sad news. Love and thoughts go out to Jonah's family," he wrote.

"Would of done anything to have played a test with him. Gone way too soon my brother."

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