New Zealand
Lomu children's grave decorations 'removed'
January 22, 2016
The most iconic photo of Jonah Lomu© Ben Radford /Allsport

Jonah Lomu's widow says decorations placed on the rugby superstar's grave by his sons are being removed repeatedly.

Nadene Lomu spoke on Monday to Radio New Zealand about the immense pressure she's been under since Lomu died in November, and she then revealed in a Facebook post on Friday that decorations on the grave were being removed.

People are "out to make me look a fool", she said, and "gifts of love" from sons Dhyreille, 6, and Brayley, 5, have been taken from the grave at Manukau Memorial Gardens.

To my love Jonah high up in the heavens. The greatest gift of all from you is our sons. A small family we are but...

Posted by Nadene Lomu on Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Facebook post attracted many supportive comments from friends.

Mrs Lomu's mother, Lois Quirk, posted a picture of her grandsons putting their decorations of flowers in "once again" for their father.

Mrs Quirk posted in a comment on Mrs Lomu's post: "Saddens me so much to see my beautiful grandsons working hard putting their decorations of flowers in 'once again' for their daddy & they keep being taken away. Seeing them crying makes my heart ache. To those that are doing this "please leave the boys decorations alone" their daddy must be looking down very sad for his family as he adored them with "all his heart".Ms Quirk asked people to "please leave the boys' decorations alone", saying Lomu would have been very sad for his family whom he adored with all his heart."

Lomu's sister Sela Lomu, however, rubbished claims her brother's grave had been interfered with.

"To my sister-in-law I know you would be upset that we took down your decorations on Sunday and that I had rearranged it," One News reported her as saying.

"Prior to that we had approached the cemetery people to top up our brother's grave as you would have seen it sinking below ground level."

Lomu's wife has been embroiled in controversy previously.

Shortly after Lomu's death, she set up a Givealittle page to raise money for the children but it was quickly taken down following a backlash on social media.

The New Zealand Rugby Players Association has since launched the Jonah Lomu Legacy Trust.

Mrs Lomu revealed on Monday that she could not donate one of her kidneys to her husband because they were not compatible. They had the test in the week before they flew out for last year's Rugby World Cup. Lomu had to have dialysis four times a week, for six hours at at time.


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