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He was in control in ‘87: Taga

Written By : EMONI NARAWA. Former national fifteens skipper Mosese Taga says the late Dr Josaia Taka was like a father to all rugby players that knew him during his
02 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : EMONI NARAWA. Former national fifteens skipper Mosese Taga says the late Dr Josaia Taka was like a father to all rugby players that knew him during his reign as the manager of the national fifteens team.
Taga who was a member of the national team that reached the 1987 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand said Dr Taka’s involvement with Fiji Rugby would always be remembered.
He said Dr Taka was the man in control of the team during the 1987 RWC quarterfinal finish.
“He was like a father to us. During the success from the 1987 RWC, Dr Taka was the man behind the team. He was the backbone of the team, he treated each player like a son and sometimes during international tours he satisfies financial needs of some players,” Taga said.
“He molded us on and off the field and was the controller of the team. Discipline was his main teachings. He counseled players that went above the line and I believe every player that knew him would miss him very much,” he said.
“Dr Taka was a very kind hearted man that offers help from his own hands when players are desperate for it. He wasted his wealth for the betterment of Fiji Rugby. He was a rugby man at heart.”
He said Dr Taka’s experience as a doctor would also be missed as he often made the load easy due to his connections. His mum hailed from Narewa in Nadi and was well versed with local dialects. “The dialect he spoke made the work easier and he had many connections which brighten dark roads for us when we are in need.”
The former national prop said Dr Taka would be sadly missed and was one of the fathers of rugby in the country.
Dr Taka was also one of the oldest survivors and was a board member of Fiji Rugby and life member of the Tailevu Rugby Union.



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