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Thousands turn out to pay final respects to Jonah Lomu

Published 28/11/2015 | 13:58

TOPSHOTS The casket containing the body of Jonah Lomu is carried out by his family members after the Aho Faka Famili memorial for Lomu at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on November 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANNAH PETERSHANNAH PETERS/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS The casket containing the body of Jonah Lomu is carried out by his family members after the Aho Faka Famili memorial for Lomu at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on November 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANNAH PETERSHANNAH PETERS/AFP/Getty Images
The casket containing the body of Jonah Lomu sits at the front of the Aho Faka Famili memorial for him at Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on November 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANNAH PETERSHANNAH PETERS/AFP/Getty Images
Mother of Nadene Lomu, Lois Kuiek sits with Jonah Lomu's mother, Hepi Lomu (C) during the Aho Faka Famili memorial for All Black and rugby player Jonah Lomu at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on November 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANNAH PETERSHANNAH PETERS/AFP/Getty Images
The casket containing the body of Jonah Lomu is carried out by his family members after the Aho Faka Famili memorial for Lomu at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on November 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANNAH PETERSHANNAH PETERS/AFP/Getty Images
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 28: Nadene Quirk, the widow of Jonah Lomu and sons Dhyreille Lomu (L) and Brayley Lomu leave after the Aho Faka Famili memorial for Jonah Lomu at Vodafone Events Centre on November 28, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Simon Watts/Getty Images)
The casket containing the body of Jonah Lomu is carried out by his family members after the Aho Faka Famili memorial for Lomu at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on November 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANNAH PETERSHANNAH PETERS/AFP/Getty Images
Jonah Lomu's coffin leaves after the Jonah Lomu Aho Faka Famili (Day of the Family), a unique celebration of his life in Auckland on November 28, 2015. Ex-Rugby and All Black Player Jonah Lomu died on November 18 at the age of 40. AFP PHOTO / Michael BradleyMICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images

The world of rugby united to say one final farewell to All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu.

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Lomu, who passed away last week at the age of 40, was given a traditional Pacific Island farewell in Auckland with former New Zealand players Tan Umaga and Michael Jones among those present.

Jonah's wife Nadene and sons Dhyreille and Brayley wore New Zealand jerseys with Jonah's name on the back and many other mourners wore traditional clothing called ta'ovala in a mark of respect.

"Jonah's life is worth celebrating. He impressed us with his courage, his humility, his grace under pressure," said a representative for the Queen of New Zealand.

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