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Rugby Union

International rugby star dies aged 29


Former Fiji and Toulouse wing Maleli Kunavore died in hospital last night, the Fiji Rugby Union announced today.

Kunavore, who retired in 2010 after he suffered two major injuries to his arm and underwent a cardiac operation, was part of the Fiji side that reached the quarter-finals of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

The cause of death was undisclosed but it was confirmed the 29-year-old died in Suva Private Hospital on Thursday.

Fiji Rugby Union's Development Manager Sale Sorovaki said in a statement: “It is so sad to lose a fellow rugby player and at such a young age. Kunavore was a very gifted and talented player and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, may he rest in peace.”