Considered one of rugby's first international superstars, he recorded 215 points in 73 appearances on New Zealand's national team.
He played for New Zealand on the national under-19 and under-21 sides.
He was selected to the 1995 World Cup team despite almost no international competition experience, and scored seven tries in five matches.
He was married to Tanya Rutter from 1996-2000 and Fiona Lomu from 2003-2008. He was married to Nadene Quirk at the time of his death and was survived by two young sons.
He played alongside Richie McCaw on New Zealand's national team from 2001 to 2002.