Tributes pour in following death of famed commentator Willie Los’e

Colleagues, mates and supporters around the world have compensated tribute to former Exam intercontinental Willie Los’e, who died quickly in South Africa this week.

Los’e, acknowledged these days for his colourful commentary work with Sky Sporting activities and on the Sevens circuit, was in Cape Town for the Sevens Entire world Cup.

The 55-calendar year-old performed agent rugby for the New Zeland Underneath 21 facet during his heyday and went on to depict Tonga at the 1995 Rugby Entire world Cup.

“The Los’e wh?nau would like to thank Karl Te Nana, Bailey Mackey and Planet Rugby manager Steve Jamieson for getting in contact with us immediately from South Africa this early morning relating to the unexpected passing of our brother Willie,” the family mentioned in a statement.

“We talk to that as a wh?nau, we be presented time to method and operate as a result of our devastating decline and the logistics of repatriation of our brother, father, uncle, son residence. We are awaiting aspects from Cape City.

“Thanks to Steve Jamieson who has spoken to the New Zealand Higher Fee, who will be heading to Cape City tomorrow to enable with the repatriation of Willie’s entire body to bring him dwelling to Aotearoa.

“We as a wh?nau are thankful to all Willie’s close friends from about the environment who have sent their condolences and assist.

“Ng? mihi nui ki a koutou.”

Sky launched a assertion of their possess paying tribute to Los’e: “We are quite sorry to hear that Willie Los’e handed away very last night time in South Africa. Willie was a long-serving and really-regarded member of the Sky Sport commentary team and the wider Sky family. Our thoughts and condolences are with Willie’s wh?nau at this time.”

Los’e experienced picked up a lot of a supporter via his perform as a commentator and his loss of life has unsurprisingly stunned the rugby globe, with numerous taking to social media to pay back tribute – which include a number of earlier and present players, broadcasters and media personnel.