ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday, 20 August 2017 11:02:17Rugby Australia’s chief executive says the game is “in the crosshairs” following the death of a player in the lead-up to the World Cup.
Michael Tashkin died after being struck by a car in the course of training on Saturday.
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) confirmed the 27-year-old had been struck by an 18-year, non-league player.
He was a key player for the Reds and is one of three players who have been ruled out of the World Rugby Sevens World Cup, which kicks off on Sunday.
Rugatory officials said he was hit by a 18-tonne vehicle on the A380 near Melbourne’s main railway station.
“Michael Tameanu Dantela is an important part of our game,” ARU chief executive Brett Gosper said.
“We are saddened by the news of Michael’s passing.
Michael was a special athlete, and his passing is a loss for the sport as a whole.”
Gosper said the player was a “loyal, caring and respectful” member of the club.
“He was an important member of our community and one of our key members of the rugby family,” Gosper added.
“His passion for the game and his passion for his family will never be forgotten.”
Tashkin, who had played five seasons for the Blue Mountains, was a member of Australia’s World Cup squad that qualified for the 2019 tournament.
The player’s father, Paul, said he hoped the news would inspire people to help prevent others being killed in similar circumstances.
“I’m very, very happy that Michael’s death has been taken care of,” he said.
I’m sorry for him’Rugatories chief executive and Australian Rugby Council chief executive David Gallop told the Nine Network’s Morning Report that he was “saddened” by the death.””
Michael’s death is a sad day for rugby in Australia, and hopefully it won’t be for long.”‘
I’m sorry for him’Rugatories chief executive and Australian Rugby Council chief executive David Gallop told the Nine Network’s Morning Report that he was “saddened” by the death.
“The tragic loss of Michael is a tragedy for the entire game,” Gallop said.
He said the club’s investigation into the incident was “ongoing”.
“It is with sadness that I have to say we are saddened to learn of the death in the A-League today,” Gallops said.
It’s very difficult to lose a player like that. “
The player was an extremely important member, a really great athlete and an outstanding man.”
It’s very difficult to lose a player like that.
I know his family are trying to support him as best they can.
“Rugon, who was born in Adelaide, also played in the Reds’ youth team, playing under his uncle Paul, who coached the Reds from 1997 to 2004.
Rucks coach Greg Inglis told ABC Radio Hobart that Tashki was “a very important player in our program”.”
I can’t even imagine what the family is going through, how the game would be without him,” he told the program.”
When you are a player and you’ve played with the likes of Josh McCrone, you know how hard it is to win games.
“You’ve lost someone that was a very important member in our team.
I just can’t imagine what it’s going through for him.”
The game is under pressure after the death on Saturday of an 18 year-old South Australian man who died after falling off a car near Melbourne.
The 18-wheeler collided with the back of a truck on a busy interstate road in Melbourne’s west on Saturday afternoon, leaving a woman and two children injured.
Police said the driver of the 18-seater was also a police officer.
The driver was taken to hospital, where he later died.
The young woman, aged in her early 20s, was taken in a critical condition to hospital and has since been released.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
The Reds have been without an official coach for the last two months due to the death, and have only been allowed to speak to players after they were cleared to resume training.