Aaron Hopa

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Aaron Hopa
Date of birth (1971-11-13)13 November 1971
Place of birth Hamilton
Date of death 8 December 1998(1998-12-08) (aged 27)
Place of death Sea, off Coromandel Peninsula
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 98 kg (216 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Loose Forward
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1997  New Zealand 4 ((5))

Aaron Remana Hopa (13 November 1971 – 8 December 1998) was a New Zealand international rugby union player whose career was cut short when he died in a diving accident at sea.

Early life[edit]

Hopa was born in 1971 in Hamilton, Waikato a precinct of New Zealand's north island.


He was an All Black in 1997 and played four matches on that year's tour of Britain and Ireland.[1] He played for Waikato at provincial level including the Ranfurly Shield winning team in 1997 and he also played for the Chiefs in the Super 14. Hopa was outstanding in his position of loose forward.


In 1998, Hopa drowned in an accident while on a diving expedition near Slipper Island, off the Coromandel Peninsula coast of Waikato.[1] He was 27.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "All Black dead in diving accident". NZ Herald. 30 June 2000. Retrieved 25 March 2017.