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All Blacks honour Lomu

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/11/2016 Sean Martin

© Nick Wilson/ALLSPORT The All Blacks have paid tribute to legendary winger Jonah Lomu on the first anniversary of his sudden death.

Lomu died exactly one year ago after suffering a cardiac arrest caused by long-term kidney problems.

He was aged 40 and is survived by his wife and two sons.

The rampaging winger, who played 63 Tests for his country, remains one of the finest rugby players in the sport's history and dominated the 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cups.

He also served with distinction at club level for the Blues, Chiefs and the Hurricanes.

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen had no doubt his troops would discuss the winger and his achievements before Saturday's Test against Ireland.

But he wanted to see them honour past players such as Lomu by producing a better performance than that seen against Ireland in Chicago, where they lost 40-29.

"One of the things that is important to us is our legacy, which is a fancy word for history, and he's a big part of that," Hansen said.

First-team regulars Beauden Barrett and Julian Savea, both Hurricanes stalwarts, said Lomu's memory loomed large over Kiwi rugby.

He was also close to several of the All Blacks' current crop before his death.

"We'll be taking that motivation into this weekend," Savea said.

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