The rugby world is paying tribute to former Highlanders, Leicester Tigers and Fiji sevens and 15s star Seru Rabeni, who has died suddenly, aged 37.

According to the Fijivillage.com website, Rabeni, nicknamed ‘Rambo’ to his Fijian teammates, died while having breakfast at his house in Nasaki, Fiji on Tuesday. It is believed he had a heart attack. He had recently recovered from an illness.

The Fijian Broadcasting Corporation said he was one of Fiji rugby’s “greatest sons” and his death was a shock to the nation.

“Shocked to hear the passing of my old Highlanders teammate Seru Rabeni. Gave the pass for my first Super Rugby try. #RIPMate” he wrote.

Australia winger Lote Tuqiri, who was born in Fiji, said: “Man just heard the news of Fijian and @LeicesterTigers legend Seru Rabeni passing this morning in Fiji. A great man taken way too young @ 37”.

Another of Rabeni’s teammates at the Highlanders, Craig Newby, responded to Tuqiri’s tweet, saying: “bro just read that news. I’m devastated. My thoughts go to all his family and friends. Top man taken to young.” READ MORE.

Source: stuff.co.nz