Great rugby. Connor Garden-Bachop, New Zealand Highlanders player, dies aged 25

Great rugby. Connor Garden-Bachop, New Zealand Highlanders player, dies aged 25
Great rugby. Connor Garden-Bachop, New Zealand Highlanders player, dies aged 25

Connor Garden-Bachop, player for the Highlanders, a New Zealand club which plays in Super Rugby, died suddenly at the age of 25, the New Zealand Rugby Federation announced on Tuesday. “Connor died on Monday […] and the entire rugby world is focused on supporting those close to them”indicated New Zealand rugby in a press release.

Police do not consider the death “suspicious”

New Zealand police, for their part, announced that they had been contacted following a sudden death in Christchurch on Monday evening, adding that they were not considering the death ” suspicious “, that is to say not justifying in-depth investigation. It will be up to forensic medicine to determine the precise cause of death.

After joining the Highlanders in 2021, Connor Garden-Bachop played a total of 30 matches in Super Rugby, the main club competition in the Southern Hemisphere. He was not expected to continue the adventure with the Highlanders next season.

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Connor Garden-Bachop is the son of former New Zealand internationals Stephen Bachop and Susan Garden-Bachop, and the nephew of another All Black, Graeme Bachop. He was the father of twin girls, and the announcement of his death was followed by numerous tributes on social networks. “Rest in peace my brother. I love you, boy”notably published on Instagram his teammate Jona Nareki.

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