Public Memorial Held For Former Rugby Star Jonah Lomu At Eden Park Stadium In Auckland, New Zealand
A special public memorial service was held for the former rugby union star Jonah Lomu at the Eden Park National Stadium in Auckland in New Zealand. The memorial service included the performance of the haka in Lomu’s honor.
According to The Telegraph, New Zealand paid respect to Jonah Lomu, the former rugby star, with the special memorial service that included the haka performance. The traditional Maori dance was carried out as Lomu’s casket during the ceremony. Eric Rush, Lomu’s All Blacks team-mate, delivered a heart-touching speech during the service.
The source further added that Lomu was a giant of the rugby game. Indeed, he was “one of the superstars who led rugby union from an amateur to a professional game.”
The guardian reported that New Zealand gave an emotional farewell to Lomu. Around 8000 people gathered at the place to celebrate the life of Lomu. During the memorial service, the public were provided with black paper flags having silver fern on one side and the number 11 on the other side. Brayley and Dhyreille, the former rugby star’s two young sons, wore on their backs the 11 that Lomu made as an All Black winger.
About 8,000 people crowded into the South Stand at New Zealand’s most famous rugby ground to celebrate the life of the world’s most famous rugby player, who died suddenly on 18 November from a cardiac arrest related to the rare kidney condition with which Lomu had struggled with for most of his career.
Jonah Lomu was the youngest ever All Black in 1994, when he played his first international rugby game at the age of 19, according to Wikipedia entry. He played for many “domestic teams, in the Super Rugby, NPC and later the Magners League competitions.” He played for many teams such as the Chiefs and Hurricanes, Auckland Blues, Counties Manukau, Wellington, North Harbour and Cardiff Blues. Indeed, he has been the world’s most famous rugby player.
Jonah Lomu retired from playing professional rugby in 2007, and died in 2015. He died due to cardiac arrest related to a rare kidney condition, on November 18. The public memorial service that paid homage to Jonah Lomu was indeed a very emotional one.
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