Connor Garden-Bachop Death: New Zealand Super Rugby player dies aged 25

Connor Garden-Bachop Death: Connor Garden-Bachop, a prominent player for the Highlanders and the Māori All Blacks, tragically passed away on Monday following a “medical event.” This season, Connor was part of the Highlanders’ Super Rugby Pacific squad. He was the son of former All Blacks player Stephen Bachop and Black Fern athlete Sue Garden-Bachop, and a father to twin girls.

Confirmation and Tributes

The New Zealand Rugby Union and the Highlanders confirmed Connor’s death in a joint statement to the New Zealand Herald. They honored him as a “fantastic young player” and a “committed and popular teammate with infectious energy.”

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Māori All Blacks Statement, Connor Garden-Bachop Death

Māori All Blacks Statement, Connor Garden-Bachop Death

In a statement, the Māori All Blacks expressed their profound sorrow: “On behalf of the entire rugby community, the Highlanders, Wellington Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand Māori Rugby Board, and the New Zealand Rugby Players Association, we extend our deepest thoughts and love to the Garden-Bachop family. Connor was a fantastic young player, an exciting New Zealand age-grade representative, and a proud Māori All Black. He will be remembered as a popular teammate among the Māori All Blacks, Highlanders, and Wellington.”

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Connor Garden-Bachop’s untimely death is a significant loss to the rugby community. His contributions to the sport, vibrant personality, and dedication to his teams and family will be remembered and deeply missed. The rugby world joins in mourning his passing and extends heartfelt condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time.