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Family to farewell Jonah Lomu after thousands attend poignant public memorial

A private funeral service will be held today for Jonah Lomu as the rugby legend is finally laid to rest after his sudden death 13 days ago at the age of 40. 

Thousands of fans farewelled Lomu at a public memorial at Auckland's Eden Park yesterday after Pacific communities had paid traditional tributes in South Auckland on Saturday. 

Along with the fans, a star-studded line-up of former All Blacks, Wallabies and top rugby administrators also attended the service yesterday.

Tears, laughter and powerful haka provided plenty of poignant moments as the giant of rugby was remembered.

Masses of Lomu’s former teammates performed a haka on the field of Eden Park. Source: 1 NEWS

Former All Blacks threw their hearts into a haka that echoed around the ground Lomu loved to play on. 

It was one gesture among many that have been deeply appreciated by the Lomu family since the star winger's death on November 18.

Symbolic of love and peace, the doves were released from the field of Eden Park. Source: 1 NEWS

Lomu's wife, Nadene, released a dove in a final public act of farewell. 

The couple's two young son's freed another 39 doves - one for each of Lomu's 40 years. 

A star studded line up of former All Blacks, Wallabies and officials paid tribute to the All Blacks legend. Source: 1 NEWS

The boy from South Auckland was remembered with deep affection by his old primary school, Favona Road Primary, past coaches and past team mates.

It was one of three hakas performed at the conclusion of Lomu's public memorial. Source: 1 NEWS

Today his family members will say their final farewell to him at a private funeral.