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LDS Player and Rugby's First Global Superstar Remembered

LDS Player and Rugby’s First Global Superstar Remembered

Jonah Lomu, pictured here speaking at an LDS devotional in New Zealand, died after years of health troubles.

All Blacks greats have united to pay tribute to Jonah Lomu with a powerful haka as thousands of fans packed a memorial service at Eden Park, the spiritual home of New Zealand rugby.

A grim-faced Buck Shelford led more than 20 former internationals in a Ka Mate haka while the legendary winger’s casket was carried into a hearse. Former team-mates including Tana Umaga, Justin Marshall and John Kirwan joined the emotional tribute on the turf that Lomu once dominated as a player.

“Jonah, you were a freak on the field and a gentle, caring giant off it,” former All Blacks coach John Hart said.

A Maori mourning chant echoed around the Auckland stadium as Lomu’s black casket was carried through the players’ tunnel, preceded by an honour guard of tattooed warriors.

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