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Jonah Lomu's wife reveals people have been stealing from his grave

Nadene Lomu is asking that people stop stealing tokens left by her sons on her late husband Jonah's grave.

'There will never be another Jonah Lomu'

Family, friends and fans pay tribute to All Blacks great Jonah Lomu at a public memorial service in South Auckland.

In an emotional Facebook post, Lomu said "it saddens me that our sons things they choose for you keep being taken off & taken away from yr place of rest".

She said "a child's love is innocent & pure", and said the removal of the tokens from the grave of the legendary All Black rugby player had hurt her two sons.

Jonah Lomu's widow, 30:  Nadene, releases a dove as his casket leaves the field at the public memorial at Eden Park on ...
Jonah Lomu's widow, Nadene, releases a dove as his casket leaves the field at the public memorial at Eden Park on November 30. Photo: Getty Images

"I know u wouldn't be happy they are being hurt, not just once not just twice, not even three or four times but more," she wrote. 

"I know you are watching over us and u see the pain they are being put through, the people out to make me look the fool.

"I will continue to be a good example so they know there is much good to be thankful for & to hold them close every time they cry wanting you back because how upsetting it is seeing their gifts of love for you keep being removed since you departed this earth ree or four times but more."

Nadene's mother Lois Quirk commented on her daughter's Facebook post early on Friday morning, saying "saddens me so much to see my beautiful grandsons working hard putting their decorations of flowers in once again for their Daddy and they keep being taken away".

Jonah and Nadene's son Dhyreille Lomu follows the hearse as it departs the Public Memorial for Jonah Lomu.
Jonah and Nadene's son Dhyreille Lomu follows the hearse as it departs the Public Memorial for Jonah Lomu. Photo: Getty Images

The post had dozens of comments from friends and family sharing their feelings about the thefts.

One Facebook user commented "I'm numb at this news", while another commented "Don't take from a grave. You end up taking more than flowers away".

Mourned: All Blacks rugby great Jonah Lomu.
Mourned: All Blacks rugby great Jonah Lomu. Photo: AP

Many people offered their condolences to the Lomu family, with one poster telling Nadene that "Families are forever and you are never alone."

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

Jonah Lomu died on November 18, 2015, and was laid to rest at a funeral on December 1.

The ceremony was an emotional affair for Lomu's family.

Jonah's two sons with Nadene - Brayley and Dhyreille - opened the ceremony by singing a duet, I am a child of God, dedicated to their father.

A choir led the audience into a closing song, before the casket was carried out of the church by a group of friends and family.

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