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Farewell Coach Eroni

ANASILINI RATUVA Suva Naitasiri head coach and Fiji Warriors assistant coach Eroni Vereivalu died at the Suva Private Hospital yesterday. His wife Arieta Vereivalu confirmed that her husband died after
11 Jul 2014 08:15

ANASILINI RATUVA
Suva

Eroni Vereivalu (standing second from right), with the Tebara Transport Naitasiri team at the Assemblies of God Calvary Temple in Samabula, Suva two weeks ago. Photo: Litia Cava

Naitasiri head coach and Fiji Warriors assistant coach Eroni Vereivalu died at the Suva Private Hospital yesterday.
His wife Arieta Vereivalu confirmed that her husband died after a short illness.
“But he has spiritually prepared himself before he died,”Arieta said.
“For the last two weeks he knew that he will not be here for long and already told me and our five children.”
She said Eroni was a great family man.
“He was a great husband and father to all of us and he will surely be missed by everyone, he was a good man who left so soon,” she added.
The absence of Eroni was also felt by his school Marist Brothers High School who has lost a good coach as they build up to the Southern Zone finals tomorrow.
MBHS principal John Atalifo said it was a big loss.
“But the Red Fire boys are ready to play their hearts out on Saturday for Master Eroni,”Atalifo said.
“Life must go on; we have to move ahead and the school team will play their hearts out for their coach this Saturday.”
Atalifo also said they not only a lost a good coach but their assistant principal as well.
“He did quite well in trying to improve discipline in school,” he added.
The Korovou, Wainimala Naitasiri native is survived by his wife and five children.
Fiji Rugby Union
Fiji Rugby Union acting chief executive officer Berlin Kafoa also issued a condolence message for Vereivalu.
“On behalf of the Fiji Rugby Union Board, management and staff, we are deeply saddened by the news of Naitasiri head coach, Eroni Verevalu’s passing,
“Master Eroni as he was known at the FRU worked very closely with the union and was heavily involved in secondary schools rugby around the country,” he stated.
In 2009 Vereivalu was appointed coach for the FORU U18 team to Samoa and the U20 team to the 2009 and 2010 Junior World Cup in Japan and Argentina.
His last appointment with the FRU was as assistant coach for the Telecom Fiji Warriors Team to the 2014 Pacific Rugby Cup.
Master Eroni will be sorely missed for his dedication and contribution to the FRU.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and the Naitasiri Rugby Union in their time of sorrow as we cannot even begin to imagine what they are going through and how difficult it must be for all of them.
“Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow; we do hope that looking back in memory help comfort his family.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the Vereivalu family and we pray that God give them the comfort and peace that they seek and may the soul of their loved one rest in peace.”
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