New Zealand and Samoa’s rugby community are mourning the death of former All Black Tiumalu Dylan Mika.

The 45-year-old played seven tests for the All Blacks and scored his only international try against Italy at the 1999 World Cup.

Prior to his All Black career, he earned two tests for Samoa.

The former flanker had been diagnosed with diabetes.

Mika's family released a statement late last night describing him as a "warm, wonderful and caring man.”