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Jonah Lomu funeral a poignant farewell to All Blacks rugby legend

Published 01/12/2015

The body of former All Black Jonah Lomu is carried off the pitch as Nadene Lomu, bottom, second left, widow of Lomu, kisses her son Dhyreille Lomu, bottom left, at the conclusion of the public memorial for the former All Black at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Thousands of mourners, many wearing replicas of Lomu's No. 11 jersey, crowded the park for the final public memorial for the rugby great who died Nov. 18 aged 40. Standing behind them are: Nadane Lomu's father Mervyn Lomu, and mother Lois Kuiek. (Hannah Peters/Pool Photo via AP)
The body of former All Black Jonah Lomu is carried off the pitch as Nadene Lomu, bottom, second left, widow of Lomu, kisses her son Dhyreille Lomu, bottom left, at the conclusion of the public memorial for the former All Black at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Thousands of mourners, many wearing replicas of Lomu's No. 11 jersey, crowded the park for the final public memorial for the rugby great who died Nov. 18 aged 40. Standing behind them are: Nadane Lomu's father Mervyn Lomu, and mother Lois Kuiek. (Hannah Peters/Pool Photo via AP)
Dhyreille Lomu touches the car holding the casket of his father at the Funeral Service for Jonah Lomu at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on December 01, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Ex-Rugby and All Black Player Jonah Lomu died on the 18th of November 2015 at the age of 40. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Widow of Jonah Lomu, Nadene Lomu and her two sons, Brayley Lomu (L) and Dhyreille Lomu (R) at the funeral service for Jonah Lomu at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on December 1, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Ex-Rugby and All Black Player Jonah Lomu died on November 18, 2015 at the age of 40. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Portraits of Jonah Lomu are held by mourners at his funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Ex-Rugby and All Black Player Jonah Lomu died on November 18, 2015 at the age of 40. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Nadene Lomu, center, widow of Jonah Lomu, walks with her two sons, Brayley Lomu, left, and Dhyreille Lomu, at the public memorial for the former All Black at Eden Park in Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Thousands of mourners, many wearing replicas of Lomu's No. 11 jersey, crowded the park for the final public memorial for the rugby great who died Nov. 18 aged 40. A private family burial service will be held in Auckland on Tuesday. (Hannah Peters/Pool Photo via AP)
Nadene Lomu, right, widow of Jonah Lomu, releases a dove as her father Mervyn Kuiek looks on at the public memorial for the former All Black at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Thousands of mourners, many wearing replicas of Lomu's No. 11 jersey, crowded the park for the final public memorial for the rugby great who died Nov. 18 aged 40. (Hannah Peters/Pool Photo via AP)
Former New Zealand All Blacks rugby player Eroni Clarke arrives to attend the funeral of All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Rugby League player Manu Vatuvei attends the funeral service of former New Zealand All Blacks rugby player Jonah Lomu at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
A portrait of late New Zealand All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu is held by a mourner during a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Mervyn Quirk (R), father-in-law of late New Zealand All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu, looks on with Lomu's son Dhyreille as the casket leaves a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Nadene Lomu (2nd R), widow of late New Zealand All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu, looks on as the casket leaves following a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Brayley Lomu (R) and Dhyreille Lomu (L), sons of late New Zealand All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu, help load their father's casket into a hearse following a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Mervyn Quirk (2nd R), father-in-law of late New Zealand All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu, and Lomu's son Brayley (bottom C) help load Lomu's casket into a hearse following a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Mervyn Quirk (C), the father in law of late New Zealand All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu, walks with Lomu's two sons Brayley (L) and Dhyreille ahead of Lomu's casket following a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Dhyreille Lomu, of the sons of late New Zealand All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu, rides in a hearse transporting his father's casket following a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Dhyreille Lomu, of the sons of late New Zealand All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu, rides in a hearse transporting his father's casket following a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
Dhyreille Lomu, of the sons of late New Zealand All Blacks rugby legend Jonah Lomu, rides in a hearse transporting his father's casket following a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Auckland on December 1, 2015. Lomu's career was cut short by a chronic kidney disease and he died unexpectedly at his Auckland home on November 18 aged just 40, leaving a wife and two young sons. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 30: Widow of Jonah Lomu, Nadene Lomu is comforted by her two sons Brayley Lomu and Dhyreille Lomu, her mother Lois Kuiek and father Mervyn Kuiek during the Public Memorial for Jonah Lomu at Eden Park on November 30, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
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Friends and family of Jonah Lomu have said a final farewell to the rugby great at a private funeral.

The service was the last formal act of mourning for the 40-year-old former All Blacks winger who died on November 18.

Lomu's wife Nadene, sons Brayley and Dhyreille, his mother and brother and All Blacks team-mates were among mourners who filled the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South Auckland suburb of Mangere.

After eulogies, prayers and hymns, Lomu's coffin was taken from the church to the Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery for a private burial.

The service followed a public memorial at Eden Park stadium on Monday, attended by thousands of friends and fans.

Lomu's sudden death last month followed an almost 20-year battle with the rare kidney disease nephrotic syndrome.

He burst on to the international scene at the 1995 World Cup and had a stint with Cardiff Blues, for whom he played 10 matches for from 2005-06.

He won 63 caps for the All Blacks but suffered from health problems since his retirement from the international game in 2002.

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