Wallaby great Dan Vickerman has been farewelled by his grieving wife and two young sons at a packed memorial service on Wednesday.
Hundreds of friends, family and rugby union royalty gathered at Sydney University's Oval No.1 to pay tribute to Vickerman following the father of two's shock death 10 days ago, at just 37.
Vickerman is believed to have taken his own life in his Sydney family home, leaving behind wife, Sarah, and his adored sons, Joseph and Xavier, aged seven and three.
There were no suspicious circumstances in his death, which has rocked the international rugby community.
Wallaby great Dan Vickerman has been farewelled by his grieving wife and two young sons at a packed memorial service on Wednesday
Dressed in their father's old rugby shirts, young Joseph and Xavier led the way as Vickerman's immediate family walked to their seats.
Former teammates Phil Waugh, George Gregan and Stirling Mortlock, along with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and Australian Rugby Union head Bill Pulver were just a few of the high-profile rugby figures in the enormous crowd.
Framed photos of Vickerman were hung at the front of the service alongside five of his former rugby shirts all emblazoned with the number 5 - each representing a different team he played for across a stellar decade-long career.
Close friend Mark Avery opened the service by describing Vickerman as a 'genuine and authentic' man whose personality could not be contained in any news article.
Former Sydney University Football Club players wore blue and yellow colours, some with their original jerseys and others with old boy's ties, in honour of Vickerman and his extensive links to the academic body's prestigious rugby club.
Rain threatened to bucket down on the open cricket ground, but the storm clouds held off to allow loved ones a proper send off.
Rugby great: Vickerman is believed to have taken his own life just ten days ago, aged 37
Former Wallaby legend Dan Vickerman was farewelled by hundreds on Wednesday
Born in South Africa, Vickerman moved to Australia at the age of 21.
The towering lock went on to play 63 Tests and three World Cup tournaments for his adopted nation between 2002 and 2011 before injuries forced his retirement in 2012.
After rugby, Vickerman worked as an advisor for KPMG before notching up three years as a portfolio manager with fund management company Heathley Limited.
Grieving NSW Waratahs plan to pay their respects to Vickerman from South Africa after making the tough call to miss their former teammate's service in Sydney.
He leaves behind a wife, Sarah, and two young boys, Joseph and Xavier
Halfback Nick Phipps was among a handful who played with Vickerman at club, state and