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Delasau: Players Must Invest Wisely

Former rugby international Filimoni Delasau is now reaping the benefits of his lucrative overseas contracts and has put that down to sound financial management of his earnings. The former national
03 Sep 2016 10:37
Delasau: Players Must Invest Wisely

Former rugby international Filimoni Delasau is now reaping the benefits of his lucrative overseas contracts and has put that down to sound financial management of his earnings.

The former national sevens and 15s representative, whose bursting speed and deceptive footwork had been the hallmark of his career now relaxes at home and is living of his investments.

These investments include a few properties on rent in Suva, a house being refurbished and about to be rented out in Naisoso Nadi, a land at the Nadi Back Road, a big dalo and cassava plantation in Vatiaka, Ba and Tavua and the big four bedroom home he stays in Ba.

He described rugby contracts in a short term – “it is short but the money is big.”

The 39-year-old was contracted with the Toulouse Rugby Club in France.

“Before I finished off with the club, I was earning around FJD$58, 000 a month as part of my contract,” he said.

“The money is big but the career is short and that is when you must have your head screwed on right to make proper decisions with your money,” he said.

“Because, like me, I finished playing in 2012, when I was 34 and at that age it is hard to renew your contract so when you come back home you must make sure what sustains you throughout,” he said.

“I feel the Fiji Rugby Union should assist players that are taking up contracts with some sound financial advice so that the players return and invest.”

Delasau said he was at his home in Naisoso during renovations one day when a former national rep, whom he did not wish to name, walked in.

“We started talking and I was telling him about all my investments and he started to cry.”

Delasau said the player told him how he had wasted his earnings when he came back to Fiji and was now left struggling.

“Our players on contract need to change their mindset and return and invest to see them through life.”

He said his cousin Josua Tuisova is following his path and has already built a big home in Ba.

“Like I said the money is big but the career is short during these contracts.”

Meanwhile, Delasau was still star truck by the gold winning national sevens side.

“You will not believe it but I watch the DVD of all their games in Rio every day since the Olympics finished.

Their game was fantastic and like every citizen, I was proud to be a Fijian.”

Delasau said he presently helps out with village teams or whenever some clubs need his help.

He plans to settle down with his sweetheart Siteri Bulivou before Christmas.

BACKGROUND

Delasau played for Yamaha in Japan in 2002. He played Super Rugby for Crusaders in 2005 and then Highlanders in 2006. At the Top 14 competition, Delasau played for Clermont from 2006-2008.

He moved to Montauban from 2008-2010. From 2010-2012 Delasau played for Toulouse.

 

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