27 Dec 2015

Young Warrior player found dead in Christchurch

8:44 pm on 27 December 2015

A teenager who has been training with the Warriors under-20 squad has been found dead in Christchurch

Tala Mailei

Tala Mailei Photo: NZ Warriors

Tala Mailei, 17, had been training with the Vodafone Warriors' wider under-20 squad since last month, after impressing coaching staff at the open trial in October.

In a statement on the club's website, managing director Jim Doyle said everyone was devastated about Mailei's death today.

He said the club was giving the player's family all the support it could and would also be offering the same for all players and staff.

Mailei played for Aranui High School at the 2015 New Zealand Rugby League national secondary schools' tournament.