Jonah Lomu's friends and family only given a few days' notice of his headstone unveiling: reports

Friends and family of the late Jonah Lomu have had to scramble to attend the unveiling of the All Blacks great’s headstone after only being given a few days’ notice, according to reports.

The former All Black's large headstone remains under wraps until an unveiling tomorrow morning.

1 News understands those invited to attend were only given a few days' notice by the rugby great's widow, Nadene Lomu.

Lomu's mother Hepi is reportedly overseas and unable to attend and his brother is concerned his family had no say on the inscription. 

The superstar winger died three years ago aged 40 after a long battle with kidney disease.

He is survived by Nadene and two young sons.    

The former All Black’s large headstone will be unveiled on Monday morning. Source: 1 NEWS


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'I'm also gutted that I didn't get to see u after the game' - All Blacks prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi posts heartfelt message to injured Frenchman

All Blacks prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi says he had no intention to injure French winger Remy Grosso during the first Test last night.

Grosso was hospitalised with reported facial fractures suffered in a tackle at Eden Park involving Tu’ungafasi and flanker Sam Cane.

Steve Hansen said New Zealand has always copped criticism from rivals . Source: 1 NEWS

Tu’ungafasi took to Twitter today to wish Grosso well in his recovery while also revealing the Frenchman was not well enough for the All Blacks prop to visit.

Earlier, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen Hansen said the dangerous tackles last night were purely "accidental" after criticism from French coach Jacques Brunel over the tackle.

Steve Hansen said Sam Cane and Ofa Tu'ungafasi's tackle on French winger Remmy Grosso was completely accidental. Source: 1 NEWS

Brunel had said Cane and Tu'ungafasi's tackle on Grosso in the 59th minute should have been a yellow card offence.

Cane hit Grosso's face with a swinging arm, with Tu'ungafasi's shoulder connecting to Grosso's jaw as the French appeared to slip while going into the tackle.

"Look, I can understand that they'll be a little bit miffed when their guy got yellow carded," said Hansen.

French lock Paul Gabrillagues was sin-binned early in the second half for what appeared to be a high tackle on All Blacks midfielder Ryan Crotty, replays showed his tackle was legal and connected with Crotty's shoulder.

"As I said last night, I don't think their guy should have been yellow carded nor do I think Ofa should have been yellow carded either.

"Our game... is really fluid and there is movement in it and when you get two guys coming in to making a tackle on, things can change late."

France's Remy Grosso (C runs into All Blacks Ofa Tu'ungafasi (L) and Sam Cane (R during the Steinlager Series rugby match between the All Blacks and France at the Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday the 9th of June 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz
France's Remy Grosso was injured in a tackle involving All Blacks Ofa Tu'ungafasi (L) and Sam Cane. Source: Photosport


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'There was no intention to hurt him' - All Blacks coach on French accusations of foul play

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has responded to French coach Jacques Brunel's accusations, with Hansen saying the dangerous tackles last night were purely "accidental".

Brunel criticised the All Blacks after the match saying Sam Cane and Ofa Tu'ungafasi's tackle on French winger Remy Grosso should have been a yellow card offence in the 59th minute.

Cane hit Grosso's face with a swinging arm, with Tu'ungafasi's shoulder connecting to Grosso's jaw as the French appeared to slip while going into the tackle.

"Look, I can understand that they'll be a little bit miffed when their guy got yellow carded," said Hansen.

French lock Paul Gabrillagues was sin-binned early in the second half for what appeared to be a high tackle on All Blacks midfielder Ryan Crotty, replays showed his tackle was legal and connected with Crotty's shoulder.

"As I said last night, I don't think their guy should have been yellow carded nor do I think Ofa should have been yellow carded either.

"Our game... is really fluid and there is movement in it and when you get two guys coming in to making a tackle on, things can change late."

Hansen said there was no malice in the tackle made by Cane and Tu'ungafasi.

"I think that was what happened, Sammy made the tackle and Ofa ended up hitting him in the face with his shoulder accidentally.

"So there was no intention to hurt him, unfortunately it was one of those things," he said.

"All three of them got head knocks and Sam got an elbow in the face from the French guy as well.

"So accident, it's just one of those things."

The All Blacks take on the French next Saturday for their second Test of the series at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Steve Hansen said Sam Cane and Ofa Tu'ungafasi's tackle on French winger Remmy Grosso was completely accidental. Source: 1 NEWS


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