New Zealand says bye bye to Jonah Lomu
28 November 2015, 10:17
Auckland — New Zealand's Pacific Island community gathered at a memorial service Saturday for former All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu, two days before all New Zealanders unite publicly to grieve the loss of one of rugby's greatest players.
Lomu's wife Nadene, his sons Brayley, 6, and Dhyreille, 5 — who wore miniature versions of their father's No. 11 All Blacks jersey — governor general Jerry Mateparae and former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga were among hundreds who attended the service at a South Auckland sports arena.
Representatives of Lomu's Tongan community were joined by others from Samoa, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tuvalu and Tokelau to remember a man they say put Pacific Islanders on the global map.
Lomu, who died in Auckland last week aged 40, was considered rugby's first global superstar.
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