Dylan Mika

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Dylan Mika
Birth nameDylan Gabriel Mika
Date of birth(1972-04-17)17 April 1972
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Date of death20 March 2018(2018-03-20) (aged 45)
Place of deathAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb)
SchoolMarcellin College and St Peter's College
Notable relative(s)Pat Lam (cousin)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
All Black No. 982
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1994–2000 Auckland 55 ()
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–1998, 2000
1999
Blues
Chiefs
23 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1994
1999
Samoa
New Zealand
2
7
(0)
(5)

Dylan Gabriel Mika (17 April 1972 – 20 March 2018) was a New Zealand-born rugby union player who represented the national teams of both Samoa and New Zealand.

Born in Auckland, Mika was initially educated at Marcellin College, before moving to St Peter's College. He played mainly as a flanker during his career.[citation needed]

He played provincially for Auckland between 1994 and 2000, and for the Blues in the Super 12. He was drafted into the Chiefs in 1999. In 2000 he returned to the Blues before playing for Auckland in the National Provincial Championship. Following that season he moved to play in Japan.[citation needed]

He first played internationally for Samoa, playing two tests in 1994. He then stood down from international rugby for three years to enable him to play for New Zealand (the All Blacks). He played a total of seven tests and one non-international game for New Zealand—all in 1999. His first match was against his old side Samoa, who were also captained by his cousin, Pat Lam.[citation needed]

He played in several of that year's Tri-Nations matches before being selected for the squad for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. In that tournament he started only one match, against Italy in Huddersfield.[citation needed]

Retirement and death[edit]

On his retirement from rugby he returned to New Zealand. Mika, who suffered from diabetes, died from a suspected heart attack in Auckland on 20 March 2018, aged 45. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former All Black Dylan Mika dead, at 45". Stuff.co.nz. 20 March 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.

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