Wellington - New
Zealand's rugby community was in mourning on Thursday after the death
of a 22-year-old player following an on-field heart attack.
Waitohi forward Bevan Moody had been in an induced coma in Nelson
hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during a division one match on
It was the second death this month in New Zealand rugby, after
19-year-old Daniel Baldwin collapsed during a game and died in hospital
four days later.
Moody leaves behind a partner and a young daughter, who will turn two on Friday.
"It's gutting to see a young man die while playing the game he loved.
It's wrong and hard to make sense of when someone dies at such a young
age," New Zealand Rugby general manager Neil Sorensen said in a
"Our thoughts go out to his family, especially his partner and his
young daughter, and his team mates who will be taking this sudden loss
really hard," added Sorensen.