Around 3000 mourners attended the funeral of former Cronulla and Parramatta player Jon Mannah in Auburn on Monday.  Mannah died on Friday aged 23. <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/thousands-turn-out-to-farewell-mannah-20130121-2d2ag.html"><b>Read full report here</b></a>

About 3000 mourners attended the funeral of former Cronulla and Parramatta player Jon Mannah. Photo: Dean Sewell

A host of rugby league stars were among the 3000 mourners who farewelled Jon Mannah at a funeral service held on Monday.

It was not just the players and coaches from his former clubs Parramatta Eels and Cronulla Sharks who paid their respects to Mannah, but also opponents who were inspired by his strength of character.

"It's given me a different outlook on life," Wests Tigers Braith Anasta said. "I'm glad I'm here because I'm a better person for it. Anyone who went through what he did is inspirational."

Jon Mannah warming up for his return game for Cronulla against Balmain Ryde. Click for more photos

RIP Jon Mannah

Jon Mannah warming up for his return game for Cronulla against Balmain Ryde. Photo: Anthony Johnson

  • Jon Mannah warming up for his return game for Cronulla against Balmain Ryde.
  • Parramatta Eels forward 22yr old Jon Mannah at home. Mannah lost his battle with cancer overnight.
  • Jon  Mannah after his return game for Cronulla against Balmain Ryde Eastwood.
  • Jon Mannah in his return game for Cronulla against Balmain Ryde Eastwood
  • Brothers Jon Mannah and Tim Mannah who both play rugby league in the NRL, Jon for Cronulla and Tim for Parramatta.
  • Parramatta Eels forward 22yr old Jon Mannah at home. Mr Mannah lost his battle with cancer overnight.
  • Jon Mannah in his return game for Cronulla against Balmain Ryde Eastwood.
  • Parramatta Eels forward 22yr old Jon Mannah at home. Mr Mannah lost his battle with cancer overnight.
  • Jon Mannah after his return game for Cronulla against Balmain Ryde Eastwood.
  • Tim Mannah with his brother Jon, both rugby leagues players for parramatta national youth competition.
  • Jon Mannah of the Sharks on the burst during the round three NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Cronulla Sharks.
  • Jon Mannah of the Sharks watches on from the bench during the round 15 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Brisbane Broncos.
  • Jon Mannah of the Sharks breaks the Knights defence during the round 20 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Newcastle Knights.

His former Sharks teammate, Ben Pomeroy, struggled for words to describe the generosity and nature of Mannah and says he will be sorely missed.

"He was just a great guy. He would anything for you and we'd do anything for him. I don't know what to say," Pomeroy said.

Mannah, 23, lost his long battle with cancer on Friday morning. His brother Tim, who plays for Parramatta and has represented NSW in the State of Origin arena, has called on mourners to celebrate Jon's life rather than dwell on the tragedy of his untimely passing.

Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah attended the funeral service and says Mannah's courage through adversity left a lasting legacy on the sport.

"I think everyone knows what kind of person Johnny was and he will be sorely missed. He had a great impact on many peoples lives and it showed with the turn-out here," he said.