New Zealand Bids Farewell to Jonah Lomu

“Thousands of New Zealanders have visited Eden Park to honour the memory of legendary All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu at a public memorial service hosted at the hallowed Auckland rugby venue”, writes Rory Keane in an article for The Daily Mail.

“He meant so much to his family and his community. He wanted to make a real difference to people’s live and he certainly did that,” said John Key, New Zealand Prime Minister in a video message.

“He proved that you can come from anywhere in New Zealand, from any background, and make it to the top.”

The rugby legend died unexpectedly at the age of 40 a fortnight ago.

“The giant winger was rugby’s first global superstar following his remarkable performances during the 1995 World Cup with his four-try showing against England in the semi-final.”

“His contribution to rugby cannot be overstated. He took our sport to new level and profile. At the world cup in 1999, he burst onto the scene scoring seven tries in five matches,” said Bernard Lapasset, World Rugby chairman.

“He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Jonah inspired millions around the world with his incredible strength and power.”

“To the world you will be known as the All Black who made number 11 his own. Rest in peace, my friend”, said former All Blacks coach John Hart.

Article Source: Daily Mail, Rory Keane, November 30, 2015

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