Wakefield Warriors prop, Adam Watene, has sadly passed away at the age of 31 after a sudden and unexpected heart defect.
The former Castleford Tigers player, who was key to their Super League promotion at the end of 2005, passed away suddenly after collapsing during a gym training session.
Wakefield released a statement within hours of the shocking news:
"The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are sad to announce the sudden passing of Adam Watene, 31. The circumstances surrounding Adam's death were sudden and unexpected. Everyone at the Wildcats' thoughts are with Adam's family, and we ask for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time. There will be no further comment from the club at this stage."
Watene also represented the Cook Islands.
Our sympathy is with his wife and his two young children at this very sad time.