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Club rugby player dies following collapse

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/05/2017

Five days after collapsing following a cardiac arrest during a rugby game, Nelson club rugby player Bevan Moody has died.

The 22-year-old prop had been in an induced coma at Nelson Hospital since Saturday after he collapsed in the second half of a division one match between his club Waitohi and Nelson.

Moody, who represented the Marlborough senior representative team while still at college, also represented Tasman at age-grade level.

He was a New Zealand under-20 triallist, and on the fringes of selection for the Tasman national provincial championship team.

Neil Sorensen, NZ Rugby's general manager of rugby, said Moody's death had hit the rugby community hard.

"It's gutting to see a young man die while playing the game he loved. It's wrong and hard to make sense of when someone dies at such a young age," he said.

"I met Bevan at under-20 camps, he was a neat young man and a talented player who had many years of rugby, but more importantly life, ahead of him.

"Our thoughts go out to his family, especially his partner and his young daughter, and his teammates who will be taking this sudden loss really hard."

Moody's family, partner Kendra and two-year-old daughter Maddison, are being supported by NZR, and the Rugby Foundation, an organisation which supports injured rugby players and their families.

His death comes just on a week after 19-year-old Daniel Baldwin died after suffering an on-field head injury in a club rugby match in Wellington.

The cause of the injury is unclear, but witnesses have reported that Baldwin was involved in a first-half collision, and the Wellington Rugby Football Union has begun an inquiry into the events which led to his death.

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