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Former Fijian Rugby Centre Dies

The vanua of Wailevu in Cakaudrove and Narailagi are mourning the passing away of one of their favourite sons and former national rugby centre Kameli Yacalevu. Family spokesman Emosi Soqe
13 Apr 2018 10:17
Former Fijian Rugby Centre Dies
Late Kameli Yacalevu

The vanua of Wailevu in Cakaudrove and Narailagi are mourning the passing away of one of their favourite sons and former national rugby centre Kameli Yacalevu.

Family spokesman Emosi Soqe told SUNsports yesterday that Yacalevu, a retired school teacher, died, last Friday morning.

“Master Kameli will be buried in Nausori on Saturday,” he said.

Yacalevu played centre for Rewa in the provincial rugby competition in the late 1970s right to the 1980s.

He became the first choice centre for the national rugby team that toured Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Argentina.

He later became the national rugby team’s vice-captain in the 1980s and at times captained the side during their midweek matches while on tour.

He played alongside rugby greats like Pita Kewa, Josefa Rauto, Nasoni Uluvula, Tevita Makutu, Kini Vosailagi, Rupeni Qaraniqio, Ilisoni Taoba, Jone Ratu, Navitalai Senilagakali, Peceli Kina, Joketani Ravouvou, Vilikesa Vautwaliali, Iokimi Finau, Paula Waisake, Eneri Ratudradra, Ilami Lutumailagi, Mosese Tamata, Sani Tagivetaua, Esala Labalaba, Sainivalati Laulau and the list goes on.

Edited by  Osea  Bola

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