Former All Black Sione Lauaki dies aged 35

  • 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.


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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.

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