Sad news: Rugby loss a big star player today…

The world of New Zealand rugby has been left in shock by the sudden death of Billy Guyton, who passed away on Monday aged 33.

The halfback, who played for the Blues, Crusaders and Hurricanes in Super Rugby, was forced to retire in 2018 because of concussion symptoms.

Tasman Rugby announced Guyton’s death with a post on social media.

Billy Guyton dead: Rugby star who played for Blues, Crusaders and  Hurricanes dies aged 33 | Daily Mail Online


‘It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Billy Guyton (a 52 game Mako player, and recent coach of our FPC Mako team), it said.

‘Billy was a much-loved member of our whole Tasman Rugby Union team and had a positive impact on those he played alongside and coached.

‘Billy has been a major contributor to the development of women’s rugby across our Tasman region.


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‘Our condolences and aroha are extended to Billy’s whāanau, friends and colleagues during this sad time.’

Born in South Canterbury, Guyton’s career at a provincial level began with North Otago where he represented the province between 2010 and 2012.

He moved to Tasman the following year and made 52 appearances between 2013 and 2017.

Having made a single appearance for the Crusaders and the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, he joined the Blues in 2016 and played 24 times for the franchise across two seasons.

In the same year, he was also selected for the Māori All Blacks’ tour of the northern  hemisphere, where he started against Irish rugby giants Munster and featured as a substitute against English club Harlequins.

‘We are shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Billy Guyton,’ the Blues said in a statement.

‘He was a talented rugby player, who made 24 appearances for the Blues between 2016-2017.

‘We cannot imagine the heartache his family and friends must be feeling at this difficult time. To everyone who knew Billy, we send them our sincere sympathy.’

Guyton called time on his career in 2018, as he wanted to take care of his then-two-and-a-half-year-old girl Uri.

Concussion symptoms meant he found himself unable to play with his daughter and decided it was time to leave rugby, a decision which he admitted wasn’t easy to make.

‘Life after rugby has started to become a lot more important now which was my main reason for leaving the game,’ he told the Tasman union’s official website at the time.

‘It was a bloody tough decision, I still don’t like that I have had to make it, but I know it is the best thing for my health and family.’

Guyton said he suffered from headaches ‘the whole day’ after contact training and noticed he was feeling a lot more fatigued, which led him to consult former players who’d suffered head knocks.

‘They were finding it tough now later in life which mad e it a lot easier to step away, my daughter is at that age where she is wanting to explore everything, and you have got to be onto it,’ he said.

‘Watching TV would bring on headaches, doing too many tasks, loud noises, some days I would need noise cancelling headphones or I would feel nauseous and have blurry or double vision, it was not very fun.’

Last year, Guyton started working as an assistant coach with the Tasman Union women’s provincial team and guided the Marist side to a title in the senior women’s competition.


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