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Date set to be confirmed for Jonah Lomu's funeral

Jonah Lomu's funeral has been set for Tuesday, December 1, at the Mt Roskill Latter-day Saints Church in Auckland, ONE News Now understands.

An official announcement will be made at 11am today.  

Jonah Lomu spoke to Paul Holmes in this interview from 2007 about his determination to fight his illness and play rugby again. Source: 1 NEWS

Jonah Lomu's family today released a statement thanking the public for supporting them during this "incredibly difficult time".

Mr Lomu's father-in-law Mervyn Quirk said the family was "truly touched" by the outpouring of love for their decorated hero. 

The All Blacks coach gave his condolences to the Lomu family. Source: 1 Sport

While there is no further confirmation, Mr Lomu's family is in talks with the Auckland Council around a possible public memorial.

Mr Lomu's family is being consulted on details, while it's understood New Zealand Rugby has also offered to help run an event, which could draw thousands of mourning fans, friends and family of the former All Blacks winger.

"While we grieve for a husband, father, son, brother and good mate, we know that many people in New Zealand and around the world are mourning a very special individual," Mr Quirk said in a media statement.

"We are continuing to discuss with various parties, how we can best celebrate Jonah's life and allow people to commemorate his achievements and contributions during an all too short time on this earth."