He scored a record 43 tries in 61 games for the Auckland Blues in Super 12, and became known for inspiring the song, Give Me Hope Joeli.
He studied at Queen Victoria School and represented Fiji in 15's and 7's.
He was diagnosed with a kidney illness and placed on dialysis treatment.
He married Nadene Lomu in 2003.
His Auckland teammate Jonah Lomu was also placed on kidney dialysis treatment.