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.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends, and all who knew Dan, at this difficult time. RIP Dan Vickerman.
— Plus500 Brumbies (@BrumbiesRugby) February 19, 2017
— NSW Waratahs (@NSWWaratahs) February 19, 2017
This was then followed by tributes from the wider international rugby community.
— Wallabies (@wallabies) February 19, 2017
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) February 19, 2017
Our thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends of Dan Vickerman & the rugby family in @qantaswallabies. Rest In Peace Dan. #rip
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 19, 2017
Incredibly saddened waking up to the news of Dan Vickerman. A true gentleman of the game. Thoughts are with his family.
Rest easy Vicks
— Adam Ashley-Cooper (@AdamCoopy) February 19, 2017
Our thoughts are with the family & friends of former Saint Dan Vickerman, who has passed away aged just 37 #RIP
— Northampton Saints 😇 (@SaintsRugby) February 19, 2017
Poor Dan Vickerman and his poor family. Beyond Sad.#rugbyfamily.
— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) February 19, 2017
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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