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Endless Support

Win or lose, wives and fiancés of Flying Fijians stand by their loved ones.
09 Sep 2019 11:54
Endless Support
Semi Kunatani with his wife Ilisapeci (back second from left). Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Wives and fiancés of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians players have urged the team to do their best at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Speaking to SUNsports, Semi Kunatani’s wife Ilisapeci, a medical intern at the Lautoka Hospital, said it’s really hard to be a rugby player’s wife because at the end of the day he’ll come back to us.

“Family support will always matter the most,” the 25-year-old said.

“There has been a lot of criticism outside but his family and wife are the backbones. Despite whatever the results we have to be by his side.”

The Kabara, Lau, native added that most time they would have chats via social media platforms to keep their love growing.

“Most of the time we are both alone in our work but when given a chance we share Bible verses and encourage each other.”

Ilisapeci gave birth five months ago to their first child and now they are legally married as they plan for a big wedding event after the Rugby World Cup.

Winger Filipe Nakosi’s wife Vika said: “I really feel proud of my husband as this is a big achievement not only for him but also for our family as well.”

Nakosi is making his World Cup debut.

Filipo Nakosi with baby Sereana and wife Vika  (front right).  Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Filipo Nakosi with baby Sereana and wife Vika
(front right). Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Vika, whose late dad is a former Nadi Rugby Union administrator, said she has been involved with the sport all her life.

“Filipo just joined the team this year and it is a big achievement for him to make the cut. When I was growing up, everything around me was rugby especially in Nadi. I was into it and that’s how I met him. My love for the game grew more as my love for him grew bigger.”

She gave birth to their firstborn, Sereana, two months ago.

Lock Leone Nakarawa’s fiancée, also named Vika, said they play a big role in terms of support for the whole team.

“We are here all the way. Win or lose, a good result of not we will be behind them,” said the 27-year-old who works in a resort in the Mamanucas.

 

Leone Nakarawa carries nephew Leone Jnr, with dad Leone Snr and fiancee Vika.   Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Leone Nakarawa carries nephew Leone Jnr, with dad Leone Snr and fiancee Vika.
Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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