SPORT: Spain’s rugby international Kawa Leauma has died after a horrific fall.

December 22, 2021, 11:26 am

The 32-year-old lost his fight for life in Ams­ter­dam hos­pi­tal after being admit­ted on Sat­ur­day with seri­ous head injuries.

Kawa Leau­ma trag­i­cal­ly passed away
The Span­ish Rug­by Fed­er­a­tion con­firmed the shock­ing news in a state­ment, say­ing: “We regret to inform you of the overnight death of Kawa Leau­ma who suf­fered an abnor­mal acci­dent after Spain’s match against the Nether­lands in Amsterdam. ”

He added: “In accor­dance with the wish­es of his wife, who at the moment is head­ing to the Dutch cap­i­tal, we can­not give more infor­ma­tion at this time and ask for max­i­mum respect for her and her family.

Leau­ma, who had trav­eled to the Nether­lands with the Span­ish nation­al rug­by team for a Six Nations B match against the Nether­lands, is said to have fall­en around 7 meters from the ter­race of a shop­ping center.

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The Auck­land, New Zealand-born play­er was rushed to hos­pi­tal for surgery.

Ordizia Rug­by Elka­rtea, the team from the Span­ish Basque Coun­try where he played, admit­ted that the lat­est hos­pi­tal update they received yes­ter­day was not promis­ing and would need fur­ther inter­ven­tion surgical.

In addi­tion to his wife who is still based in New Zealand, his sis­ter also trav­eled to Ams­ter­dam from the Unit­ed States.

Spain won the game against the Nether­lands by 52–7, but Leau­ma, who made sev­er­al appear­ances for Samoa’s Under-20s before becom­ing avail­able to play for her adopt­ed home­land via res­i­den­cy, no did not play.

He was told on Fri­day that he would not be used for Sat­ur­day’s game, but he stayed to watch the action.

His absence from the game was ini­tial­ly wrong­ly linked to his pos­i­tive test for Covid before it was attrib­uted to a ‘paper­work’ issue which led offi­cials to decide to delay his offi­cial debut with the Spain senior squad.

The first reports imme­di­ate­ly after the acci­dent indi­cat­ed that it had hap­pened while he was return­ing to his hotel.

But it emerged yes­ter­day that this had hap­pened in the city of Lei­den, near Ams­ter­dam, after he decid­ed to reunite with oth­er Nether­lands-based rug­by play­ers he knew after the game. at the begin­ning of his career.

Reports in Spain indi­cate that he may have entered an area where the ground could have giv­en way beneath him, although an inves­ti­ga­tion is ongoing.

Leau­ma, who turned 32 last Fri­day, was in his fourth sea­son with his cur­rent club, bet­ter known as AMPO Ordizia.

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