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Kato a tough guy: Waki

Former Flying Fijians flanker Laisenia Kato will be laid to rest in his village of Sauna­ka, Nadi today. Jack’s Nadi Rugby Union play­ers will pay tribute to one of her
19 Jan 2019 11:01
Kato a tough guy: Waki
Former Flying Fijians flanker Laisenia Kato.

Former Flying Fijians flanker Laisenia Kato will be laid to rest in his village of Sauna­ka, Nadi today.

Jack’s Nadi Rugby Union play­ers will pay tribute to one of her favourite sons who died in Sydney, Australia last week.

Nadi Rugby Ex-Reps Association president Penisoni Waki said, the Saunaka man has left behind many wonderful memories for Saunaka, Nadi and Fiji.

“I have played alongside him dur­ing the late 1980s going to the early 1990s. He was a very strong player who could play in No.7 and No. 6,” he said.

“Indeed a tough guy at young age, his death came as a shock. We will miss his company.”

He was part of the champion Nadi team that wrested the Farebrother- Sullivan Trophy from Suva in 1991 after Nadi had lost it in 1988.

One of the highlights of that victo­ry was the Nadi forward’s running maul where Kato featured promi­nently. The Nadi team of 1991 was coached by Ilami Lutumailagi and skippered by Manasa Qoro.

For Saunaka RC, Kato was part of the Saunaka 7s team that won nu­merous tournaments around the country like the Lelean Old Boys 7s, Nawaka 7s, Batiri 7s and their own Saunaka 7s.

He was part of the Saunaka 7s team that halted the winning streak of the champion Nabua 7s team in one of those tournaments.

He later on became the first son of Saunaka to ever play for the World XV in 1987.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

-Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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