New Zealand Rugby Star Gets Touching Haka Dance Send Off At Funeral
Generally speaking, ancestral war cries aren't known for their sentimental value. It's basically a way to psych people up to go to die at the hands of a blunt object on a beach in the south Pacific. But when you're an All Blacks legend like Jonah Lomu, it's the Māori equivalent of "Oh Danny Boy."
Lomu passed away suddenly on November 18 at the age of 40. Needless to say, the rugby community was deeply saddened, and Lomu's funeral service on Sunday was exactly what you'd expect: simultaneously moving and intense.
"He encompasses us - the good, the bad and the ugly -- real people," New Zealand MP Sua William Sio told the crowd of mourners. "He inspired us all; when he ran on the field, we ran on with him. When he crashed through tackles, we crashed with him. And when he scored, we scored too."
"We shall miss your presence, Jonah. You have taught our community to dream for their future."
Watch Lomu's former teammates give an chilling Haka Dance-tribute as his casket was carried into the service, below...
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