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Eaton to stay in New Zealand

15th May 2013 07:57


Western Force scrum half Chris Eaton

To sit it out: Chris Eaton

Western Force scrum-half Chris Eaton will sit out the rest of the Super Rugby season following the death of his wife in a car accident in New Zealand.

The former Hurricanes player was with the Perth-based outfit on a short-term deal when his wife Hannah was killed in a car crash on March 30.

Eaton, 29, said his career was on hold for the immediate future as he focusses on caring for his young daughter Layla at their North Island home.

"I've told the Force I won't be coming back," he said in an interview with Women's Day magazine.

"At least for this year, we'll stay here, it's too hard to move away with the support here."

Eaton said he was in Sydney preparing for his Force debut against the Waratahs when team officials told him about the crash. He immediately flew back to New Zealand to be with his daughter.

"I couldn't figure out what was going on. I thought I'd been busted for something because it was game day," he said.

"We walked downstairs silently and they told me what had happened. I just broke down. It was a tough flight. I cried the whole way home with my shades on."

Eaton tweeted last month that he had received numerous messages of support from the rugby community after the accident.

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