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Joeli Vidiri Cause Of Death: How Did Joeli Vidiri Die?

Joeli Vidiri
Joeli Vidiri

Joeli Vidiri was a Fijian rugby union footballer who also played for the New Zealand All Blacks. He played as a wing.

Vidiri, a former All Black and Fijian international, has died barely hours after Va’aiga Tuigamala, another famed winger was 48 years old.

The news was revealed to Sky Sports at the halftime break of the Crusaders’ Super Rugby Pacific encounter against Dunedin, and came after a moving homage to Tuigamala before kick-off.

Joeli Vidiri Cause Of Death: How Did Joeli Vidiri Die?

Joeli Vidiri, the rugby union footballer died of kidney failure on February 25, 2022.

Who Was Joeli Vidiri?

Born in Fiji in 1973, Vidiri became a sensation on the field for his match-winning heroics for both Counties Manukau and the Blues.

His biography on the All Blacks website says: “When he was at the peak of his career around the 1996-97 season there were no more awesome sights when he was in full flight than Joeli Vidiri, the big Fijian wing who made his home in South Auckland in the mid-90s.

He continued playing for the Blues in the Super 12 until 2001 and in 61 games scored 43 tries, at the time an individual record.

But in his latter season, he was being increasingly affected by his illness. He had only five Super 12 matches in 2001 and after two early matches with Auckland in the NPC, he ended his career, a sad finale for one of the game’s finest entertainers.


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