John Key pays tribute: Jonah Lomu 'truly is and was a legend of the game'

John Key has paid tribute to Jonah Lomu from Manila where he is attending the APEC forum.

He says the pair last met in London a couple of weeks ago at a fundraising dinner where the rugby star talked to the Prime Minister about his hopes and plans for the future.

"He truly is and was a legend of the game," Mr Key told reporters.

ONE News reporter Martin Tasker reflects on his personal memories of the All Black legend. Source: 1 NEWS

He says news of the death has hit him hard and it's a true tragedy.

It was too early to know whether there would be a state funeral or what other plans may be put in place.