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The SPANISH rugby international Kawa Leauma had died after a fall. The 32-year-old lost his fight for life in Amsterdam hospital after he was admitted on Saturday with serious head injuries.
Kawa Leauma has tragically passed away
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He was 32 year old.
The Spanish Rugby Federation confirmed the shocking news in a statement, saying: “We regret to inform you of the death overnight of Kawa Leauma, who suffered a strange accident after Spain’s game against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.”
He added: “In accordance with the wishes of her wife, who is currently traveling to the Dutch capital, we are unable to give more information at this time and ask for the utmost respect for her and her family.
“Rest in peace Kawa.”
Leauma, who had traveled to the Netherlands with the Spanish rugby team for a Six Nations B match against the Netherlands, is believed to have fallen about 25 feet from a shopping mall terrace.
The Auckland, New Zealand-born player was rushed to hospital for surgery.
Ordizia Rugby Elkartea, the Spanish team from the Basque Country where he played, had admitted that the latest hospital update they had received yesterday was not promising and would need more operations.
who still lives in New Zealand
In addition to his wife, who still lives in New Zealand, his sister has also traveled to Amsterdam from the United States.
Spain won the game against the Netherlands 52-7, but Leauma, who played several times for Samoa U-20s before being available to play for his adopted homeland through residency, did not play.
On Friday they told him they wouldn’t be wearing it in Saturday’s game, but he stayed to watch the action.
Initially, his absence from the game was erroneously linked to his testing positive for Covid before being attributed to a “bureaucratic” problem that led the referees to decide to delay his official debut with the Spanish senior team.
Initial reports immediately after the accident said it had happened when he was returning to his hotel.
But yesterday it emerged that it happened in the city of Leiden, near Amsterdam, after he decided to meet up after the game with other Dutch rugby players he knew from earlier stages in his career.
Reports in Spain suggest that he may have entered an area where the floor could have given way under him, although an investigation is ongoing.
Leauma, who turned 32 last Friday, was in his fourth season with his current club, better known as AMPO Ordizia.
Tributes have been poured out for the beloved star.
Marbella Rugby Club wrote on social media: “Today, rugby is in mourning.
Our condolences from the entire Marbella Rugby Club to the family and friends of Kawa Leauma and the Spanish Rugby Federation.
“Rest in peace, Kawa Leauma, thank you for contributing so much.”
While the Quebrantahuesos Rugby Club added: “When rugby becomes secondary.
“Our condolences to Kawa Leauma’s family (especially his wife), @ORDIZIARUGBY and all the fans of XV del León.
“Rest in peace, Kawa.”
Among the many tributes from fans, one wrote: “Long live family, teammates and the national team! It’s time to get together and think about Kawa and his family.”
Another added: “My condolences to his family. Much love and support to all who must now continue without him.”