THIS is the heartwrenching moment rugby legend Jonah Lomu is given the ultimate send-off by his teammates.
At a public memorial for the 40-year-old winger, fans and friends joined in mass hakas as his family looked on.
Crowds of thousands came out to remember the former New Zealand international during the service at Auckland’s Eden Park stadium.
Lomu, who passed away suddenly this month, is known as rugby’s first-ever global superstar and was famed for smashing through opposing players.
Unusually big and fast for his playing position, it took 12 pallbearers to carry Lomu’s coffin including some former All Blacks teammates.
Moving footage from the memorial show masses of players and fans performing the haka – a traditional Māori war dance typically performed before New Zealand matches.
The country’s Prime Minister also paid tribute to the rugby hall-of-famer, saying: “He proved that you can come from anywhere in New Zealand in any background and make it to the top.”
And teammate Eric Rush said: “He’s going to be remembered as a colossus on the football field, no doubt about that, but I’m going to remember his as a good mate.”
“To Joe, on behalf of all your mates that are here today brother,” he said fighting back tears, “we’re just blessed to be a part of your amazing journey mate.”
“We’re gonna miss you big man, rest in peace,” he added.
Jonah Lomu was diagnosed with a kidney condition in 1996 which put the brakes on his international appearances. He retired from professional rugby in 2007.