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Tragedy Strikes Rugby Community Again As Australia Lock Passes Away Aged Just 37

The rugby fraternity has once again visited tragedy following the news that former Australia lock Dan Vickerman has passed away aged just 37.

The South Africa born second row forward featured 63 times for the Wallabies, appearing in three World Cups, before retiring in 2012.

Confirmed by Australia Rugby Union (ARU) on Sunday, chief executive Bill Pulver paid tribute to the player.

“The rugby world is in shock after news of the tragic passing of Dan Vickerman. He was an enforcer on the field and a much-loved character off the field”.

No details have yet been given regarding a cause of death although it is understood, that Vickerman passed away at his home in Sydney, where he lived with his wife and two sons.

Super Rugby sides the Brumbies and Waratahs, where Vickerman plied much of his club trade, were among the first to express the shock and condolences.

This was then followed by tributes from the wider international rugby community.

News of Vickerman’s passing casts the global rugby community back into mourning for the third time this month, following the tragic losses of South Africa star Joost van der Westhuizen on February 6th and All Black Sione Lauaki on February 12th.

Our condolences go to Vickerman’s family and friends. RIP.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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