The powerful image was highlighted first on today’s Irish Examiner front page.
The stark yet affecting image prompted an immediate reaction when we shared it on social media.
The page attracted attention in Ireland and beyond.
@irishexaminer excellent! Nice done and very expressive.— Ladygarra (@garrapincha) November 19, 2015
The image also made it’s way to Lomu’s native New Zealand, where it was shared on Super Rugby’s official Facebook page.
They captioned it: “The heartbreakingly simple front page of today’s Irish Examiner” and the image has been re-shared from their site almost 40,000 times.
@irishexaminer That's a tremendous compliment. Thanks from a kiwi.— MarkMyWords (@MarkSReynolds) November 19, 2015
@irishexaminer Nobody does poetic sorrow quite as well as the Irish. Respect, from NZ.— CityZen (@citizen_parable) November 19, 2015
The reaction was so great that @irishexaminer was trending throughout Twitter.
A fitting tribute to a sporting icon.