I was on dialysis for 18 months before the transplant, so it was important I tried to look ahead to days like my comeback this Saturday. You need those big goals to drive you on.

— Jonah Lomu

The most captivate Jonah Lomu quotes that are little-known but priceless

It's been a long road back to health and fitness for me.

I am just glad to have been given the opportunity to do what I love most.


Looking back, my whole life seems so surreal.

I didn't just turn up on the doorstep playing rugby, I had to go through a whole lot of things to get there.


How do I take a step? How do I lift my foot off the ground, move it through the air a little bit and then bring it down? I had to teach myself to walk again.


It was in 2003 that I realised there was no choice but to have dialysis treatment - by the time of the World Cup that year, I could barely walk. A year later, I finally had a kidney transplant.


It was like falling off a building and suddenly, bang, you hit the bottom.

The first time it happened was on an ordinary day at home. I was taking down some curtains. I took one step, turned around, took another step and then I fell and hit my head hard on the rowing machine.


I have a stab wound on my left hip and one on my thigh and a slash mark across my right calf. I have a bottle stab wound on my left calf.


When I was playing I felt tired all the time.

My recovery period was a lot longer than the other players. They'd be ok after an hour - I'd have to stay in bed till the next session.


It's a really exciting time to be involved in Welsh rugby.


I was only operating at about 80% of my capacity.


I thought about dying whenever I got bad news about other people.


I was diagnosed with the illness right before the 1995 World Cup.


I am very excited to be here in Wales and look forward to putting on the Cardiff Blues shirt.


About Jonah Lomu

Quotes 15 sayings
Nationality New Zealander
Profession Athlete
Birthday May 12, 1975

For me to get through the toughest periods in my life, I had to look within to find the energy to do it. I don't give up. Never have. Never will.


Towards the end of 2003 it was hard to get through training - and the darkest point was when a doctor told me there was a possibility I could end up in a wheelchair.