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Jonah Lomu says World Cup duties almost killed him

Jonah Lomu says he almost died during 2011 World Cup as kidney illness returned

Jonah Lomu says World Cup duties almost killed him

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Former All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu says he almost died during the 2011 World Cup when his body began to reject the kidney he received in a transplant operation seven years earlier.

In an updated version of his biography released this week, the 38-year-old Lomu said his health deteriorated severely when he took on too many duties as a rugby ambassador during the tournament in New Zealand.

Lomu said he began to feel unwell while attending a function hosted by the Tongan team after the tournament's first match. Though he became weak and began to lose weight, he tried to maintain a busy schedule throughout the Cup.

He was eventually rushed to a hospital where doctors found elevated levels of creatinine -- an indication his kidney wasn't functioning properly.


Updated : 2021-04-21 17:14 GMT+08:00