Spanish rugby player Kawa Leauma has died at the age of 32 following an accident in Amsterdam. Leauma had reportedly fallen eight meters from a room, suffering head injuries and resulting in him being hospitalized in a critical condition. The Spanish Rugby Union confirmed on Tuesday morning that the second-row had passed away.
RUGBY MOURNS Kawa Leauma dead at 32: Spanish rugby star dies from severe head injuries in Amsterdam hospital following horror fall
It added: “In accordance with the wishes of his wife, who at this moment in time is travelling towards the Dutch capital, we cannot give out any more information at the moment and ask for maximum respect towards her and her family.
“Rest in peace Kawa.”
Leauma, who had travelled to the Netherlands with Spain’s national rugby team for a Six Nations B match against the Netherlands, is believed to have fallen around 25 feet from the terrace of a shopping centre.
Laura was in the Spanish squad which played the Netherlands on Sunday and was hoping to make his official debut in the World Cup qualifying game, winning 52-7 by Spain, after completing the necessary three years of residency. He played an unofficial game for Spain against Italy in October.
After an initial procedure, his condition seemed to improve, but on Monday he suffered a setback and had to be operated on again. His wife, who lived with Leauma in their common New Zealand homeland, is expected to arrive in Amsterdam on Wednesday, according to the association.
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