South Auckland street named after All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu

File photo dated 09-11-2002 of Jonah Lomu of New Zealand. Issue date: Wednesday November 18, 2015. Former New Zealand rugby union international Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40. See PA story RUGBYU Lomu. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.
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A new south Auckland street has been named after All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu.

Jonah Lomu Dr was officially opened on Wednesday, by a small gathering of his friends and family.

Jonah Lomu: True great, gone too soon

The stretch of road was blessed by kaumatua, members of Tainui and a church minister during the ceremony.

His tearful wife and Lomu's mother walked the newly-cemented street, which is the first to be named in a new housing development in Paerata.

More than 4500 houses will be built in Paerata Rise, which is approximately a 40 minute commute from central Auckland.

The father of two died unexpectedly in 2015, after ongoing kidney complications.

The bruising winger made 73 appearances for the All Blacks, making his Test debut in 1994 against France in Christchurch.

A star already in New Zealand, it was the 1995 World Cup which made Lomu an international sensation, running over England's Mike Catt and scoring four tries in one world cup game.

Lomu scored 43 tries in the black jersey, before having to quit the sport in 2002 because of Nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease.


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