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Former Flying Fijian Laid To Rest

Former Flying Fijian Laid To Rest
June 24
10:00 2017

Former Flying Fijians first five eight Tomasi Rabaka was laid to rest in Vuniyasi, Nadi yesterday.

Known as the running first half the Waikete, Tailevu native will always be remembered by the rugby fraternity when he nailed two drop kicks from far out against Romania in 1991.

His brother and former national rugby halfback Samisoni Rabaka said Tomasi kicked the first drop goal from the halfway line.

“The second one came from the 10m line,” Samisoni said.

“Tomasi always takes rugby seriously. He hates losing and he doesn’t rely on anyone. He hates giving excuses and doesn’t give-up on anything and he always takes things seriously. I get my confidence from him as a brother and we’ll miss him.”

Tomasi is the fourth child in a family of 11.

His wife Ana said her husband was a family man.

“Wherever Tomasi is when he thinks about his family he comes straight home and he wants to see that we’re happy all the time. We’ll miss him,” she said.

Tomasi started his rugby career playing for the St Mary’s rugby club in Nadi before joining Brothers club in Votualevu. He was part of the Fiji XVs side to the 1991 Rugby World Cup and in 1992 he was part of the Nadi Cavaliers side.

His rugby career ended in 1993 at the age of 27 after he was involved in a hit and run accident.

Rabaka passed away at the age of 51 after a long illness and is survived by his wife Ana, seven children and two grandchildren.

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