Legend Jonah Lomu laid to rest in Manukau

By Tepara Koti

The final service for rugby superstar Jonah Lomu was held today in South Auckland, and attended by approximately 100 of his nearest and dearest.

The service was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Māngere, the church Lomu joined in recent years.  This special final service was also live-streamed to other pillars of the Church around Auckland.

It's said that Jonah's two boys, Brayley and Dhyreille, paid a touching tribute to their dad singing, "I am a Child of God".

Upon the completion of service just after lunch, a private dedication service was held at the Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery, which is where the No.11 legend will be buried.

Lomu who passed away aged 40, brought the world to a stop when the news broke of his passing on November 18.

In 1995, Lomu was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome.  In 2004, he received a kidney transplant following a long period of dialysis.

He had bravely battled his health problems for many years, and will be dearly missed by his wife Nadene, their two boys, and extended family and friends.