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Jonah Lomu funeral a poignant farewell to All Blacks rugby legend

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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