The haka is stirring at the best of times. But today it was devastating.
A public memorial was held for All Blacks player Jonah Lomu today, with thousands attending to pay their respects.
Whether you’re a rugby fan or not, Lomu’s presence was larger than life, and his tragic passing earlier this month has been felt around the world.
The Guardian reports thousands of mourners attended today’s service at Auckland’s Eden Park. Many donning Lomu’s number 11 jersey to pay tribute to the 40-year-old winger.
Proceedings were led by World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset, who described Lomu as “a giant of a man (who) leaves a giant space in world rugby. He will forever be a big part of rugby’s story.”