#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 19°C Saturday 24 July 2021
Advertisement

Watch: Powerful final haka as Jonah Lomu is laid to rest

The New Zealand rugby legend died of a heart attack earlier this month.

NEW ZEALAND TODAY paid tribute to rugby icon Jonah Lomu in a public ceremony at Eden Park that included a haka tribute led by former All Blacks captain Buck Shelford.

Representatives of Auckland’s Ngati Whatua people performed the traditional Maori dance as Lomu’s casket was carried out in front of thousands of mourners, watched by his wife, Nadene, and sons Brayley, 6, and Dhyreille, 5.

Source: NZTV/YouTube

In a touching eulogy, New Zealand Sevens legend Eric Rush said his former teammate was “an inspiration to a whole generation of kids”.

“Life wasn’t easy being Jonah Lomu. In New Zealand, we love getting people up on that pedestal, but as soon as they get there we love nothing more than chopping them down.”

Rush said his friend was “one of the loneliest” rugby players he had ever known, but that that all changed when he met his wife.

All of his mates got brushed from then on.

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

Source: The Tight Five/YouTube

A private funeral will take place at Lomu’s Auckland home tomorrow.

In pictures: A traditional Pacific farewell for All Blacks icon Jonah Lomu

Read: ‘Jonah would talk to anyone, he’d talk to strangers on the street’

About the author:

Catherine Healy

Read next:

COMMENTS (30)