Rugby union - All Black Lomu died nearly broke - trust organisers

A portrait of late New Zealand All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu is held by a mourner during a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. (AFP Photo/MICHAEL BRADLEY)
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- All Black Jonah Lomu may have been one of the biggest names in rugby union but he was near to broke when he died, the organisers of a trust set up to support his young sons said Tuesday. Lomu's sudden death last month at the age of 40, following years of battling a rare kidney disorder, brought outpourings of sympathy from around the world. But it has emerged the commercially in-demand personality had few financial assets.In response, New Zealand Rugby Players Association chief executive Rob Nichol said the Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust had been established by business people and friends of the hulking winger to support his children Dhyreille, six, and Brayley, five.

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