Former Australian Lock Dies Aged 37
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Australian rugby is in shock after the sudden death of former Wallabies star Dan Vickerman.
The 37-year-old passed away on Saturday night. It’s believed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
Former teammates who were told the news today have been left devastated.
“The rugby world is in shock today after news of the tragic passing of Dan Vickerman,” Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver said.
“Dan was an uncompromising competitor who forged a wonderful international rugby career despite a number of injury setbacks along the way.
“He was an enforcer on the field and a much-loved character off the field. He cared deeply about the game and the players, helping players transition into life after rugby in his role with RUPA following his retirement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan’s family at this extremely difficult time.”
Vickerman played 63 Tests for Australia between 2002 to 2011, including that year’s World Cup in which Australia made the semi-final. He was forced to prematurely retire in 2012 due to persistent problems with stress fractures in his right leg.