New Zealand Rugby
Lomu requires second transplant
ESPNscrum Staff
February 12, 2012
All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu gives a thumbs up, Australia training session, Rugby World Cup, North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, October 19, 2011
Jonah Lomu back at the time of the World Cup © Getty Images
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All Blacks great Jonah Lomu has revealed he will need a new kidney transplant.

The former 63-cap Kiwi was hospitalised during the World Cup with problems believed to be related to his kidney, but he was released prior to the end of the tournament.

But after his organ transplant eight years ago, the kidney has since stopped functioning in October and Lomu will now have to find a new donor. And Lomu revealed to New Zealand Woman's Weekly that he has been undergoing dialysis for 21 hours a week.

Lomu said: "We were hoping to see some improvement but nothing has made any difference, so the next step is to try to find a donor."

The Kiwi legend was diagnosed with the serious kidney disorder nephrotic syndrome in 1995 and underwent his first organ transplant in 2004.

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