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Gone too soon: 5 people the rugby world lost in 2016

The game lost a number of current and former players far too young this year.

Paddy Reid

Paddy Reid and Gerry O'Loughlin The Hall of Fame Award is presented to Paddy Reid (left) by Gerry O'Loughlin. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

Ireland, Munster and Garryowen rugby legend Paddy Reid passed away at the age of 91 in January.

The Limerick native played at centre on the history-making Irish Grand Slam-winning team of 1948 having made his debut against Australia in 1947.

Seru Rabeni

Source: PA Archive/PA Images

Rugby communities around the world were stunned by the news in March that the former Fiji international had passed away at the age of 37.

Rabeni represented Fiji in successive Rugby World Cups (2003 and 2007) and played top-flight rugby in England, New Zealand and France during a 16-year career.

Kurtis Haiu

The former Super Rugby lock died in April at the age of 31 after a long battle with cancer.

Haiu played 53 times for the Blues but retired in 2011 after being diagnosed with bone cancer in his rib.

Seb Adeniran-Olule

The 20-year-old Harlequins academy front-rower tragically died in a car accident in May.

Adeniran-Olule represented England U20s last year and had been involved with the London club since the age of 13.

Anthony Foley

Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

It’s still hard to believe that Anthony Foley is no longer with us.

Such a prominent figure in Munster and Irish rugby, Foley died suddenly, at the age of 42, in a Paris hotel while away with the southern province for a Champions Cup game.

The Munster head coach won 62 caps for Ireland, three as captain, while he also led the province to their Heineken Cup win in 2006.

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