Star-studded rugby dinner in London raises $177k for Jonah Lomu's sons

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A dinner in London overnight is believed to have raised more than 100,000 pounds (NZ$177,600) for Jonah Lomu's two sons.

A trust that was set up to help Lomu's sons Brayley and Dhyreille helped organise the fundraiser.

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The black-tie London event attracted some big names in world rugby, with the likes of Zinzan Brooke, Martin Johnson, Justin Marshall, Michael Lynagh and several England squad members attending.

Evening Standard rugby reporter Chris Jones, from London, attended the event and said it was a "huge success", going by auction sales.

"The six items in the main auction alone raised 90,000 pounds," he told the Devlin Radio Show.

"That's a hell of a hit and it's going to be an awesome lot more money because the room was full of 700 people in the city of London.

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"There was a silent auction with many more lots that will bring in an awful lot of more money for the two boys."

Lomu died a year ago, aged 40, after years of health struggles with a kidney condition.

It emerged after his death that he had almost no money, leading to friends and supporters - including two former All Blacks - setting up a legacy trust for his children.

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