Second death rocks NZ rugby

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew (File)
New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew (File)

Wellington - New Zealand's rugby community was in mourning on Thursday after the death of a 22-year-old player following an on-field heart attack.

Waitohi forward Bevan Moody had been in an induced coma in Nelson hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during a division one match on Saturday.

It was the second death this month in New Zealand rugby, after 19-year-old Daniel Baldwin collapsed during a game and died in hospital four days later.

Moody leaves behind a partner and a young daughter, who will turn two on Friday.

"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," New Zealand Rugby general manager Neil Sorensen said in a statement.

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

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