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Dakuitoga: Medal For Rugby League Family

Josaia Rabele Dakuitoga received his medal from the President Major General (Retired) Jioji Konrote at the State House.
29 Oct 2020 15:12
Dakuitoga: Medal For Rugby League Family
Vodafone Fijian Bati rugby league head coach Josaia Rabele Dakuitoga with wife Reapi at the State House in Suva on October 28, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The man who coached the Vodafone Fijian Bati rugby league team to their first World Cup semifinal in 2008 was honoured with a Fiji’s 50th Independence Commemorative medal in Suva, yesterday.

Josaia Rabele Dakuitoga received his medal from the President Major General (Retired) Jioji Konrote at the State House.

Speaking to SUNsports, Dakuitoga acknowledged the rugby league family in the country.

“The late Etuate Waqa, Nemani Matirewa, Ilaisa Tagitupou, Peni Musunamasi and Moape Kaloumaira,” Dakuitoga said.

“They were the very people that gave their time and wealth to help rugby league survive those difficult times.

“Also to those who served as Fiji National Rugby League chairmanship from 1992 to today, clubs, officials and players.”

Dakuitoga who is again appointed as the Bati head coach for next year’s World Cup said, he had played the sport from 1992 to 1998.

“I was in Australia playing rugby and switched to rugby league and was banned for life.

“That marked the start of my journey in the sport.

“I signed up for Penrith Panthers and played for them in the National Rugby League (NRL),” he added.

In rugby union, Dakuitoga also played for Nabua before he represented Suva in the provincial union competition and later the national rugby team.

 

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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