Tonga Men’s Sevens captain Atelea Okati has passed away following a car accident two days ago.
Newshub reported Okati died following a car accident on December 28. He played club rugby in Romania for CSM Olympia Bucharest, who finished third in the 2015 Super CEC Bank season.
Okati left the club in July.
“When death strikes a team, there is no game plan for the pain,” CSM Olimpia Bucharest coach Danie de Villiers said in a statement.
“Coaches like to believe that they can prepare for anything. Tricks, injury, extreme weather, know how to react in all circumstances. How can you put into words the emotion that you feel after receiving news so devastating?”