'Be strong', All Blacks urge sick Lomu

20:19 Wed Sep 28 2011

The All Blacks urged Jonah Lomu to "be strong" on Wednesday, as the legendary New Zealand winger battles a health scare in an Auckland hospital.

Lomu, who suffers from kidney problems, was admitted to Auckland Hospital's renal unit last Friday suffering from an undisclosed illness.

The Auckland District Health Board could not be contacted for an update on Lomu's conditions on Wednesday but local media reported he was stable.

After team training in Wellington on Wednesday, All Blacks players and New Zealand Rugby Union staff gathered to hold up letters reading "Get Well Jonah - Kia Kaha (Be Strong)".

Hooker Keven Mealamu said he had no information about Lomu's condition, describing the gesture as "just a nice message from the boys".

"I think being a fellow All Black we just want him to get better," Mealamu told reporters. "He's been a big part of the All Blacks in the past and is probably a big part of what it is today.

"It's sad to see a man like that the way he is at the moment, so we're really hoping for him to get well quickly."

Lomu, regarded as rugby union's first global superstar, made his Test debut for the All Blacks in 1994 at age 19 and went on to earn 63 caps, lighting up the 1995 and 1999 World Cups with his devastating displays on the wing.

He was diagnosed with the rare kidney disorder nephrotic syndrome in 1995 and the condition eventually cut short his rugby career.

He received a kidney transplant in 2004, with the donor being New Zealand radio announcer Grant Kereama.

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Get well soon Jonah, you are truly a great ambassador to the game of rugby best wishes George & Julie Arona xoxo
Get well soon jonah lomu! you are what made nz rugby! you are the worlds bes rugby player
Get better soon Jonah, so you can cheer alongside your fellow All Black supporters and the rest of NZ, when the All Blacks run out onto Eden Park to claim the Webb Ellis Cup. Put your trust in the doctor's caring for you, but most of all keep your faith that God is carrying you and your family in your time of need. Ofa atu.
We are all thinking of you Jonah and wishing you well. I think you were amazing the way you continued to play rugby when you were sick, until you finally had to give up. You are a hero to all of us.
My beautiful 7yr old daughter Kaia suffers from the same same condition as you Jonah, as parents it's heart breaking to see her go through what she does. As a rugby player you were a hero but as a person you are a legend keep strong and remeber you continue to inspire people all over the world Peace and Luv Jah Bless
Power to heal is yours. May your spirit stay strong. You have my prayers and healing thoughts joining countless other admirers. Thank you for your inspiration. Kia Kaha Jonah. Any JL moment is my favourite moment. The guy is simple awesome in all things.
Get Well soon Jonah! We wish you the Best of Health!
A smiling face thats lights up the place A heart as big from the start My prayers go out to you and your family and from mine I hope you get well soon I may not you but you seem to come across to me as a man with smile as big as his hearts SO AS YOU SAY ON YOUR STAND IN BLACK COMMERCIAL COME ON NEW ZEALAND AND " STAND IN BLACK IN SUPPORT OF JONAH LOMU GETTING WELL SOON" Wishing you well and GOD BLESS.......
'Ofa atu Jonah! 'Ofa ke tapuaki'i koe 'ehe Eiki! (May God Bless You!)
Jonah There is a great wave of prayer and good wishes washing over you now.

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