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Reps Remember Waqa, Lote

  The Vodafone Fijian 7s team will play their hearts out in the second round of the World Sevens Series in Cape Town this weekend to honour former national rep/coach
09 Dec 2016 14:19
Reps Remember Waqa, Lote
Vodafone Fijian 7s team training in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Naca Cawanibuka

 

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team will play their hearts out in the second round of the World Sevens Series in Cape Town this weekend to honour former national rep/coach Etuate Waqa who died on Tuesday.

Interim coach Naca Cawanibuka said there had been mixed emotions in camp and the boys will also be remembering the late Lote Rasiga who has also contributed to the rugby 7s fraternity.

Team captain Osea Kolinisau, Joeli Lutumailagi and Nemani Nagusa are few of the players in the team who were once guided by Waqa.

“The news was quite shocking for the boys. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Eddie’s family during this time of sorrow. We prayed for his family during our lotu (devotin) yesterday.

“We will remember him and in honour of his memory and contribution to our national game, we will go out there and play to our best.

“We also remember the late Rasiga. It’s not always we acknowledge the immense sacrifice, love, service that they give to nurture young men from the grassroots, club levels through to the international platform.

“On behalf of the Fiji 7s team, we thank these two great men who just recently passed away. They have left a trail of footprints behind them that have helped shape our great talented athletes to grace the international arena.

“Vinaka vakalevu Eddie your contribution has been immense wherever you’ve set foot,” Cawanibuka said.

Former Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan tweets “Tragic News that Eddie Waqa passed away yesterday. Too young. Levu lolomas ratu. Rest in Peace my friend.”

 

Mocenacagi update

Meanwhile, Cawanibuka also confirmed Sevuloni Mocenacagi is recovering from his swollen foot.

“Sevu’s foot is still swollen but is recovering well. We will make a decision on Froday, God-willing,” Cawanibuka added.

Cawanibuka will announce his final 12 member squad today.

Fiji plays Japan in their first match on Saturday night at 11:05pm (FJ time), Kenya at 2:26am Sunday morning and France in their final pool match at 6:26am.

Edited by Osea Bola

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