The world of rugby has lost an amazing person. Sione Lauaki (Wiki) was found dead on February 12 at his home. The morning news hit the media with the sad announcement about this great player. Sione was a star of All Black from 2015 when he had a debut against Fiji. Later, he played for Waikato Chefs where he gained a true recognition comparing to all other players.
His fearceful style of playing was recognizable among fans. Not only fans had the respect, but also the opponents appreciated his style. Strong attacks, fast moving and mindful approach were the characteristics of this player during the game. That is why most fans loved him. The position of flanker was his specialty and his style was unique.
AllBlacks Sione Lauaki dead
Position: Loose Forward
Physical: 1.92m, 119kg
Test Debut: 2005 v Fiji at Albany
Test Points Breakdown: 3t
Test Points: 15
Provincial Team: Waikato
Super Rugby Team: Chiefs
Players from Waikato Chefs remember his debut in 2014. Many of them are showing compassion on social networks. Team mates and coaches agree about one thing. Sione was a strong player with big heart. Some medical statements show the problems with vital organs that date back to 2012. Findings are clear about the condition of his kidneys. This may be the main reason for his death. In addition, specialists are still trying to find out what is the cause of heart failure in the morning.
New Zealand is mourning over Sione Lauaki’s death and the people remember his dedication on the court. He was one of the rear players who managed to show such a strong will. His moving on the court was characteristic and all rugby lovers will remember him.
Sione Lauaki was a real example of courage among team mates. All Black and New Zealand players lost a big companion whose short life showed much to the people around him. We all send the support to his family and friends. He will be remembered by all rugby fans.
- Sione Lauaki highlights | Youtube