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Shelford and Umaga lead emotional All Black Haka at Jonah Lomu's funeral
The ceremony was broadcast live on New Zealand television.

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BEFORE HIS BLACK casket is laid to rest in a private family funeral tonight, Jonah Lomu’s last remains were saluted by a host of his fellow former All Blacks in a public ceremony at Eden Park.

Ex-captains Buck Shelford and Tana Umaga led the traditional New Zealand rugby Ka Mate haka as Lomu’s wife Nadene and sons Brayley, 6, and Dhyreille, 5, watched on gripping tightly to one another’s hand.

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New Zealand Sevens legend Eric Rush, a friend and early team-mate of Lomu’s, delivered an emotional eulogy that managed to bring a smile to the mourners in Auckland while summing up the shy character of ‘The Big Man’ that everybody wanted a piece of.

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