A former Ikale Tahi player, who played in France has died aged 36 Friday, November 29. The cause of his death is yet to be officially released.
Samuela Lisala, who played winger for the ‘Ikale Tahi was playing in France for the CA Périgueux and Union Bordeaux-Begles.
A French website said, Lisala known as “Samo” was playing for Saint-Astier this season.
"The CA Périgueux Dordogne is immensely touched by the tragic death of his former player Samuela Lisala", says the website.
"This appalling information plunges into disarray the entire CAPD, who loses a player who has profoundly marked the history of the club." (Translated from French into English using google translate).
This morning, the Tonga Rugby Union president ‘Epeli Taione expressed his sadness at Mr Lisala's passing.
“Sad sad day to wake up to the news that former fellow Tongan International Samuela Lisala have passed away. Wicked sense of humor and a proud Tongan through and through. Too young to go, too young. ofa lahi kia koe pea malo 'aupito ki ho'o ngaahi tokoni moe 'ofa. RIP Samu xxx” wrote Epi Taione on Facebook.