Former New Zealand star Dylan Mika dies aged forty five, leaving behind a wife and daughter

FORMER New Zealand star Dylan Mika has handed away aged forty five, leaving behind a wife and daughter.

The flanker – who additionally represented Samoa – died all of a sudden at residence in Auckland.

 Dylan Mika played seven times for the All Blacks

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Dylan Mika performed seven occasions for the All Blacks

A household assertion stated: "It’s with nice unhappiness that the household of Dylan announce that he handed away all of a sudden and unexpectedly at his house in Auckland.

"Dylan was a very a lot liked husband to Tracy, father to their daughter Marley, and dearly liked son, brother, uncle, cousin and good friend.

"He was a massively gifted athlete, properly revered within the Samoan group and overseas however simply as importantly to his buddies and household a heat fantastic caring man. Gone far too quickly on the age of simply forty five."

Mika switched allegiance to the All Blacks from Samoa and was a a part of the 1999 World Cup squad.

 Dylan Mika hands off England's Jason Leonard while representing the New Zealand Barbarians

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Dylan Mika arms off England's Jason Leonard whereas representing the New Zealand Barbarians
 Flanker Mika spent much of his career in Auckland

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Flanker Mika spent a lot of his profession in Auckland

He went on to win seven caps in addition to enjoying membership rugby in each Japan and New Zealand.

New Zealand Rugby chief government Steve Tew stated: "Dylan is likely one of the uncommon skills that represented each Samoa and New Zealand at a time when rugby had not lengthy turned skilled.

"He continued to have an lively involvement in rugby each in Auckland and Samoa, and particularly, in his loyalty to the New Zealand Barbarians.

"Our ideas are with Dylan's household and buddies."

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FORMER New Zealand star Dylan Mika has handed away aged forty five, leaving behind a wife and daughter.