Blues saddened at sudden death of young prop
Cape Town - The Blues' build-up to their Super Rugby clash with the Jaguares in Buenos Aires has been overshadowed by the sudden death of former prop Michael Tamoaieta in New Zealand.
The death of the 23-year-old was announced by his family, the Blues, North Harbour and New Zealand Rugby on Saturday.
"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," Blues CEO Michael Redman told the All Blacks.com website.
New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew added: "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."
North Harbour General Manager David Gibson commented: "Our deepest sympathy goes to Michael’s partner Helen, his daughter Aihana and his family at this difficult time. He will be dearly missed."
Tamoaieta's family have asked for privacy as they deal with the shock of his sad passing.