Former All Black

Former All Black Dylan Mika dead, aged 45

The 45-year-old played two Tests for Samoa and then, following a three-year stand-down, seven for the All Blacks, including against South Africa at the 1999 World Cup.

A statement released by Mika's family on Tuesday says he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, NZME reports.

"Dylan was a very much-loved husband and father to Tracy and their daughter, Marley, and dearly loved son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

Former All Black Victor Vito named French Top 14 player of the year

Vito guided his La Rochelle side to first place in the Top 14 standings last year before the team was eliminated by Toulon in the semi-finals.

The 30-year-old, who beat out Briton Carl Fearns and Frenchman Remi Lamerat for the gong, is a two-time Rugby World Cup winner and played his last of his 33 All Blacks Tests in the 2015 World Cup final.

He left the Hurricanes to join La Rochelle at the end of 2016.



Photo credit: Getty Images (Caption: Vito has been in sublime form for La Rochelle). 

Taylor on target for Pau

Taylor landed three penalties and three conversions in the 30-14 victory on Sunday (Monday NZ Time) which lifted Pau from 13th to 10th place after three rounds.

Fiji test wing Watisoni Votu scored two tries for Pau and compatriot Jale Vatubua also dotted down.

Arise Sir Michael

Jones has been made a Knight Companion of the order for his services to the Pacific community and youth.

He wore a traditional red ulafala or necklace, to honour his Samoan heritage and received a long round of applause from the packed crowd after Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy bestowed the honour on him.

Jones was a member of the 1987 World Cup winning playing 55 games for the All Blacks between 1987-1998.

He also played for Samoa in 1986 and coached the Samoa national side between 2004-2007.