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Ni sa moce, Torosi: Namada farewells son

July 31
08:09 2014

WAISEA NASOKIA
Nadroga

Pall bearers carry the casket of the late Sergeant Ilikimi Torosi at Namada Village in Nadroga yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

More than 2000 people gathered at Namada Village in Nadroga to pay their final respects as former Fiji 15s hooker Ilikimi Torosi was buried yesterday.
It was a sea of white, black, green and red as colleague, family and discipline forces came to witnessed Sergeant Torosi being given a full military funeral.
Those present included RFMF Commander Mosese Tikoitoga, Navy Commander John Fox, Fiji Prisons and Corrections Commissioner Lieutenant-Colonel Ifereimi Vasu and Police Deputy DPC West Jope Ralulu and rugby team mates Sakeasi Vonolagi and Alifereti Dere.
Reverend Joji Rinakama during the eulogy said that, “Torosi did all his best in serving the nation and even playing for Fiji on the international scene. He wore the jersey with pride even playing for various provincial rugby unions.
“He was a very strong man he did to play with heart. He played well for his country,” Reverend Rinakama said.
Torosi joined the RFMF aged 18 years in 1985. He served 27 years as a soldier including six years on peacekeeping duties in Lebanon, Sinai and East Timor.
He made his rugby debut for the Army rugby club in the Suva Rugby Union competition, making his mark in the Escott Shield and the Sukuna Bowl.
Torosi went on to be part of the champion Suva rugby side that defended the Farebrother Trophy successfully for four years in a row (1988 to 1991).
In those days he rubbed shoulders with Esala Teleni (captain), Koli Rakoroi, nippy Salacieli Naiviliwasa, Pita Naruma, Peni Rakai, Nemani Matirewa, Aisake Nadolo, Mosese Taga (prop), Tomasi Cama, Pauliasi Tabulutu and Alifereti Dere.
He was also part of the Flying Fijians rugby team that toured Europe in the summer of 1989. Later on he was part of the Lautoka Maroons side in 2003 that won the Farebrother-Sullivan trophy ending Naitasiri’s unbeaten run with an 18-13 epic win.
Those days he played alongside Sanivalati Vunibola, Laisiasa Tora, Watekini Vunisa, Mesake Beranaliva, Laisenia Tora and Viliame Satala.
The side went on to defend the trophy against Nadi, Suva and Nadroga before losing it to Tailevu in the final challenge.
He also featured for the Nadroga side. He also had a level one/two IRB coaching certificate.
He was 47 years old when he died after a heart attack during a road run in Nadi last Tuesday at 1.40pm.
He is survived by his wife Sisilia Ah Sam Torosi and two children – Wainikiti and Timaima.
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