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Obituary Lagiloa, 69, Dies

Obituary Lagiloa, 69, Dies
The late Epeli Lagiloa.
September 22
11:00 2017

Sevens rugby expert Epeli Lagiloa has died.

He was manager of the national 7s teams for a number of years and head coach of the Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians. He was instrumental in moulding players such as Pio Tuwai, Viliame Satala, Josua Tuisova and Masivesi Dakuwaqa.

The 69-year-old former Fiji National University sports science lecturer died after a long illness at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva on Wednesday night.

“He was bedridden for some time and he died at 8.45pm,” his youngest son Sela Gutugutuwai, 34, said.

“I last spoke to him on Tuesday morning but he was not able to speak clearly. I was not able to understand him as well.”

The family met in Suva last night to discuss funeral arrangements.

He is survived by four children and 12 grandchildren. His wife died in March.

Lagiloa, originally from Dawasamu, Tailevu, was instrumental and played key roles in the revival of the Northland and Lautoka provincial teams.

He was appointed United Arab Emirates Rugby Federation performance manager in 2013.

Edited by Osea Bola




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