Waitohi rugby player Bevan Moody passes away after cardiac arrest

New Zealand is mourning another rugby player after Waitohi Rugby's Bevan Moody passed away on Thursday morning.

The 22-year-old had been in an induced coma at Nelson Hospital following a cardiac arrest in the second half of the division one match between his club Waitohi and Nelson Club on Saturday 20 May.

He was treated by a medical team at Neale Park before being transferred to Nelson Hospital. 

Bevan Moody
Bevan Moody in action for Waitohe Rugby Club (Supplied)

Moody was surrounded by his family when he passed including his partner Kendra and his young daughter Maddison.

Moody's club coach and mentor, Tonga Taumoefolau, who has been at his side since the incident, says he'll be remembered as a family man, with a strong family connection, who embraced being the best father, brother and son. 
"Bevan was an active rugby player with Marlborough Boys College First XV, Waitohi and various representative teams, he had unique abilities as a scrummager and had the physique to be a star on the rugby field," he said in a statement 

"His team embraced him as a teammate who was hard-working on the playing field; a committed and loyal team player. He just loved playing rugby. Bevan was called 'Bear' for his imposing physique, and was a much-loved team mate at every level he played."

Moody's death is the second following an incident on a rugby field in consecutive weeks after Wellington-based Daniel Baldwin passed away last week.