Former All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu’s health conditions, which forced a hospital admission during the World Cup, are worse than initially feared with the star admitting his chances of living a normal life were slim.
Lomu, who still holds the Rugby World Cup record of scoring the most tries (with 15 through 1995 and 1999), was still bidding to keep his career as a sport’s star active.
Having played rugby last year, Lomu was planning on boxing for charity, but the New Zealand rugby legend confirmed that he wouldn’t be fighting.
The giant wing was diagnosed with the rare kidney disorder nephrotic syndrome in 1995 and received a transplant in 2004.
He was still undergoing dialysis regularly, explaining to Fairfax that he didn't wear a tie to the International Rugby Board’s award gala evening because he couldn't.
“I have two lines that are stuck in my neck where I just can't put any pressure on, and it's where I do the dialysis,” Lomu said.
Doctors delivered the grim message that Lomu’s health could take another turn for the worse, but he has fought against Doctor’s recommendations before and overcome much adversity.
"I wasn't given any percentages,” he said.
“I was given a slim chance of things sorting themselves out, but a slim chance is better than none.”