28 Apr 2011

Super Rugby side in shock after cancer diagnosis

7:39 am on 28 April 2011

The Blues coach Pat Lam says the Super Rugby side's in shock after learning that lock Kurtis Haiu has been diagnosed with cancer.

Haiu initially attributed a persistent pain to the aftermath of contacts during games but when it became more severe tests and a scan revealed a tumour in his left rib.

The 26-year-old will see a specialist early next week and while team's doctor Stephen Kara says the prognosis is uncertain the tumour is treatable.

Pat Lam says he'd noticed Haiu's weight was down but he's been playing so well there'd been no hint of any health problem.