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Samoa U20 prop Mike Tamoaieta dies suddenly aged 23

Black arm bands will be worn by the Blues, Chiefs and Crusaders players this weekend as a mark of respect for the late Blues prop Mike Tamoaieta.

Tamoaieta, who represented the Blues in 2018 and also played for North Harbour, died suddenly. He is survived by his partner Helen and daughter Aihara.

NZ Rugby confirmed the three New Zealand Super Rugby teams that have yet to play their round three games, and referees, will wear the black arm bands in memory of the popular front rower. There will also be tributes at the ground to show love and support for Tamoaieta’s family and friends and broadcasters in New Zealand and overseas will acknowledge the news in a broadcast.

The Blues are currently in Argentina for their game against Los Jaguares and chief executive Michael Redman said: “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.”

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