Former New Zealand forward Sione Lauaki has died at the age of 35
He had been suffering from heart and kidney problems
Loose forward Sione Lauaki, who played 17 Tests for the All Blacks and 70 Super Rugby games for the Waikato-based Chiefs, has died aged 35.
The Tonga-born flanker or number eight won 17 Test caps for the All Blacks between 2005 and 2008.
In 2012, it was reported Lauaki – who played for Super Rugby club Chiefs as well as French sides Bayonne and Clermont – had been suffering from heart and kidney problems.
“The thoughts of everyone are with the family of Sione Lauaki. Gone too soon. RIP, Wax,” tweeted the All Blacks.
Damn. It’s a sad day today, rest easy dox @SioneLauaki 💔
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) February 11, 2017
35!? Way too soon!! RIP Sione Lauaki.. 😢😢 Such horrible sad news.. Thoughts & prayers are with his family in this time 🙏🏼
— Matt Giteau (@giteau_rugby) February 11, 2017
Sad news about @SioneLauaki …
I remember being on the receiving end of one of his fends a few years ago.
— Cory Jane (@CoryJane1080) February 11, 2017
— Taione Vea (@TaioneVea) February 11, 2017
Sione lauaki.. played with but not against (thank goodness ) gone to soon wax.. rest in peace bruv @SioneLauaki 🙁
— Israel Akuhata Dagg (@izzy_dagg) February 11, 2017
Sad to hear the passing of @SioneLauaki. Love and prayers to the family.🙏
— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) February 11, 2017