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The National Rugby League has today joined the Rugby League community in offering support for the family and friends of young Warriors star Sonny Fai.

Fai, 20, is missing, feared drowned, after going for a swim at a west Auckland beach with family members on Sunday evening

“Sonny’s an emerging star in the game and this tragedy has shocked us all,” NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.

“Our thoughts are with Sonny’s family, friends and the Warriors club at this difficult time.”

Fai played 15 NRL games for the Warriors in 2008, scoring five tries, after making his debut in Round 2 against Parramatta.

A Junior Kiwi from 2004-07, Fai also played for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in the Toyota Cup last season, scoring five tries in 10 games.

He was the Warriors’ Under-20 Young Player of the Year in 2007 after scoring 14 tries in 21 games for the Auckland Lions in the NSW Premier League.

The NRL has offered grief counselling services for Fai’s family and friends and the Warriors club.

NZ Warrior Sonny Fai presumed drowned and NZ Warriors search for missing mate

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