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Rugby match is seen on a big screen with Mount Taranaki in the background before the start of the 2011 Rugby World Cup pool D match Namibia vs Wales at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth on September 26, 2011. — AFP picRugby match is seen on a big screen with Mount Taranaki in the background before the start of the 2011 Rugby World Cup pool D match Namibia vs Wales at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth on September 26, 2011. — AFP picWELLINGTON, June 8 — A climber has died after plummeting from a mountain in New Zealand, with police today identifying him as French national Victor Roucher.

The 25-year-old plunged to his death on Mount Taranaki in the North Island yesterday with a companion, also French, who sustained only minor injuries, police said.

They said Roucher, who had been in New Zealand for six months, was near the summit of the 2,518-metre peak when he fell.

Taranaki area commander Inspector Keith Borrel told Fairfax New Zealand that it appeared Roucher had lost his footing in icy conditions on the dormant volcano. — AFP

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