All Black legend Mika dies

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:42
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: All Black and Samoa legend Dylan Mika has passed away suddenly on March 20.

Despite being born in New Zealand, Dylan Gabriel Mika made his first international Test debut for Samoa.

The flank played two Tests for Samoa in 1994 before his three-year sabbatical from international rugby which enabled him to play for the All Blacks eventually.  

He played provincially for Auckland between 1994 and 2000, and Super Rugby for the Blues in the Super 12. He was drafted into the Chiefs in 1999, and his performances there helped earn him All Blacks selection.

Mika was All Black number 982.

The family of Dylan Mika has issued this statement:

"It is with great sadness that the family of Dylan announce that he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Auckland.

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

"He was a hugely talented athlete, well respected in the Samoan community and abroad but just as important to his friends and family a warm wonderful caring man. Gone far too soon at the age of just 45,"

Mika was All Black number 982.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said the rugby community was stunned by the news and deeply saddened at his passing.

"Dylan is one of the rare talents, that represented both Samoa and New Zealand at a time when rugby had not long turned professional.  He continued to have an active involvement in rugby both in Auckland and Samoa, and in particular, in his loyalty to the New Zealand Barbarians.  Our thoughts are with Dylan’s family and friends,"