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Doc a man of principle: Koroduadua

January 08
12:00 2009

Written By : MACIU MALO. Super boot and former national rep Severo Koroduadua has joined the list of former and current rugby reps and rugby administrators as they paid tribute to one of rugby’s favourite sons, the late Dr Josaia Taka.
Koroduadua who has been hailed as one of the great kickers in the oval ball game said Dr Taka has contributed immensely in the development of Fiji rugby and his contribution worth commending.
The former national fullback yesterday said Dr Taka was a down-to-earth man as he freely mixed around with players but was different man altogether when it comes to training.
“He’s a man of principle, he knows how to deal with players professionally.”
“Dr Taka knows what to do when a player faces problem, he cared so much for the welfare of his players and he’s a very humble man.
“I was shocked to hear the news that he has passed away, it’s a huge loss to Fiji rugby since he was one of those that contributed a lot to the development of the game in the country.”
Koroduadua said Dr Taka was a great motivator who knew very well the type of words to use when he psyched the players before a game. “During our 1987 Rugby World Cup tour he always inspired us by using words that made us to play to our upmost best.”
“He always told us to think about families, our villages, our provinces when given a chance to play for Fiji.
“Dr Taka performed a mammoth task in helping our team reached the 1987 RWC quarter final.
“His departure is a huge loss to Fiji rugby. Fiji has lost a man of honour who always speaks his mind out on issues and facts that contributed to the development of Fiji rugby,” Koroduadua added.

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