New Zealand Rugby Mourns As Blues Prop Passes Away Suddenly

Rest in peace.

New Zealand Rugby is in mourning following the sudden death of Blues and North Harbour rugby prop Mike Tamoaieta who passed away suddenly yesterday aged just 23.

The front-row was a much-loved partner to Helen, and father to their daughter Aihara, and a dearly loved son and friend to many, New Zealand Rugby said in a release.

Blues chief executive Michael Redman said the franchise were stunned by the news and deeply saddened at his death.

“Michael was a talented athlete and our focus is to offer our support and sympathy for the family, and we are supporting our team and staff, some of whom are currently overseas.”

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said:

“Our sincerest condolences are with Michael’s family at this very sad time.”

“Michael was a valued member of the Blues and North Harbour rugby environments and had been part of the New Zealand Secondary Schools team.  We know his family, club and former school-mates will be feeling this loss and our thoughts are with them all.”