New Zealand Rugby today joined with the Blues and Auckland Rugby players, coaches and management to express their sadness with news of the passing of former Blues and Auckland player Kurtis Haiu.
Kurtis had been suffering from a rare form of bone cancer which prematurely ended his promising rugby career.
He played 53 times for the Blues between 2006 and 2011 and 76 times for Auckland between 2005 and 2010 before illness ended his career.
“The Blues family are deeply saddened by this news. Several of our players were close to Kurt and have spent time with him over the past weeks and months,” said Blues CEO Michael Redman.
“It is clearly a tragedy for someone so young, and our thoughts are with Kurtis’ family.”
Mr Redman said the Blues team will discuss an official response to the news when they return to training tomorrow (Thursday).