Blues prop Michael Tamoaieta dies

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Mike Tamoaieta in action for North Harbour.

Tamoaieta who has played for the Blues and North Harbour in the Super Rugby competition passed away on Thursday.

Blues CEO Michael Redman says they are saddened with the loss of the team's talented players. 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.

North Harbour General Manager David Gibson commented: "Our deepest sympathy goes to Michael's partner Helen, his daughter Aihana and his family at this hard time".

Tamoaieta played two games for the Blues past year but was left out of the squad this season.

Bitter cold Monday morning
At those temperatures, cold can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. The first one on Thursday could bring some isolated drizzle or rain showers to the area.

Mike Tamoaieta, Bryn Gatland and Patrick Tuipulotu of the Blues look on during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Highlanders. His teammates were in Buenos Aires for a game against the Jaguares when they were told the devastating news.

With a potentially hard game against the Sunwolves at North Harbour on Saturday, half of the Blues team, plus coach Leon MacDonald, have caught an early flight back to Auckland.

The rugby community has been rocked by the death of young Blues and North Harbour prop Mike Tamoaieta. "He's a good man and he is going to be missed", Little said, moments after the Sunwolves created history by beating the Chiefs 30-15 in Hamilton.

"Our deepest sympathy goes to Michael's partner Helen, his daughter Aihara and his family at this hard time".

"Our sincerest condolences are with Michael's family at this very sad time", Tew said. We're going to miss him dearly.

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