The Blues club mourns the loss of Dylan Mika, who passed away suddenly in Auckland on Tuesday.
Mika, 45, was a dual international for the All Blacks and Samoa and played 23 times for the Blues.
This follows the recent passing of former Blues assistant coach Mac McCallion who helped coach Mika during the Blues’ Super Rugby Championship victories in 1996 and 1997.
Mika, who attended Marcellin and St Peters colleges, played 55 times for Auckland in the national provincial championship.
He played for the Blues in the first year of the Super Rugby competition until 2000, and seven times for the All Blacks all in 1999 including the Rugby World Cup, as well as an initial two tests for Samoa in 1994.
Blues coach Tana Umaga played with Mika in the All Blacks and became good friends with his fellow Samoan.
“Dylan was a good man and a very good teammate and friend,” said Umaga. “He was always making sure you were ok and he would organise things to keep everyone’s spirits up. He was such a caring man.
“This is a very sad loss for the rugby fraternity and for our close group of friends.”