20 November 2015
In learning of the passing of All Blacks and Hall of Fame Rugby Union Star, Jonah Lomu, the Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, conveyed a message of condolence to the wife and family of Jonah Lomu, on behalf of the Government of Tonga on 20 November, 2015.
The message highlighted Jonah Lomu as the ‘greatest rugby player in the world’ and “a true beloved son of Tonga”.
The Government of Tonga recognizes the valuable contribution of Jonah Lomu to sports in Tonga and the Pacific, especially towards the professional development and superb performance of rugby internationally.
During this time of mourning, Lomu’s legacy will not be forgotten, and the Government of Tonga would like to express its profound sorrow and heartfelt sympathy, for the loss of a young shining star, that will remain a vivid pillar of hope and inspiration for all Tongans, home and abroad.