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Jonah Lomu funeral: Watch the emotional haka tribute by Ex-All Blacks players

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 11:19 IST

Friends, family and fans of Jonah Lomu came out in numbers to attend his public memorial service on 30 November to say their final goodbyes to New Zealand's rugby great who passed away after suffering a heart attack last month at the age of 40.

Thousands of Lomu supporters turned out at the Auckland's Eden Park, with many sporting their hero's famous No 11 All Blacks jersey to pay homage to the former rugby union star who died on 18 November.

With many of Lomu's former teammates in attendance, an emotional Haka was performed in front of Lomu's coffin. Former players from the Hurricanes and the All Blacks lined up to carry out the war dance, which New Zealand regularly perform before their matches as a challenge to their opponents.

A total of 12 pallbearers carried Lomu's coffin with former All Blacks Michael Jones, Frank Bunce, Joeli Vidiri and Jerome Kaino, as well as New Zealand rugby league player Manu Vatuvei, among those who carried Lomu into the stadium.

Lomu's wife, Nadene, followed the coffin alongside their two sons Brayley (6) and Dhyreille (5).

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who missed the public memorial service due to the world climate conference, recorded a message that was played during the service in which he praised Lomu for making a real difference in people's lives.

Speaking on behalf of Lomu's family, former All Blacks coach John Hart thanked the outpouring of messages, tributes and condolences sent from around the world.

First published: 1 December 2015, 9:18 IST