Former All Blacks perform emotional haka at Jonah Lomu’s memorial service
Former All Black captain Buck Shelford has led a group of ex-All Blacks in a moving haka for Jonah Lomu at his public memorial service at Eden Park in Auckland.
Former teammates and coaches paid tribute to the star, with friend and Rugby Sevens’ teammate Eric Rush giving a typically humorous tribute.
“I’m gonna tell a few stories about the big fella and hope he doesn’t sit up,” Rush warned.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key also spoke via a video message, saying the rugby legend “proved you can come from any background and make it to the very top”.
As Lomu’s casket was carried away, Shelford led fellow former All Blacks, including Tana Umaga, Olo Brown and Jeff Wilson in an emotional haka.
The huge winger died last week at the age of 40, having suffered from a rare kidney disorder for the second half of his life.
Pacat! Mare pierdere pentru omenire. Un om atat de puternic a cazut in fata unei boli nemiloase. Ultimul Haka executat de fostii sai coechipieri din nationala Noii Zeelande este extrem de emotionant. R.I.P Jonah Lomu.
Jonah Lomu farewelled off Eden Park for the very last time. Masses of Jonah Lomu’s former All Blacks teammates, rugby and league friends performed a breathtaking haka on the field of Eden Park.
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