IN the five years since Sisa Waqa was last in Fiji, much has changed for him and his elder brother.
The younger Waqa has gone from a rugby union unknown to an accomplished NRL winger and a subsequent Premiership winner with the Melbourne Storm.
His best was not enough to help the Storm repeat their 2012 success but such was their confidence in him that they pinned him for two more years at the end of last season.
And he is also now part of one of the strongest Vodafone Fiji Bati teams ever assembled by the country.
Unfortunately, his elder brother Isoa was not able to emulate his fortunes, choosing instead to go down a different path.
Isoa is infamous for being part of a group of criminals who broke out of the Naboro Maximum facility earlier this year and in his time on the run etched his name into the conscience of thousands in Fiji.
He went from just another face and number in the Naboro files to one of the most wanted men in Fiji in the space of a week and in that respect his rise to stardom almost emulated that of his brother.
But when they meet later this week, Sisa says that it won't be a meeting of a convicted felon and an NRL star — it will just be the meeting of two brothers.
Brothers at two different ends of the societal scale, but brothers nonetheless.
"At the end of the day he's just my older brother and I'm just looking forward to visiting him and sitting down and having a good chat with him," Sisa said yesterday
"And hopefully I'll see him after I get back from the Rugby League World Cup."
Waqa, who was granted special permission to see Isoa at the Naboro Maximum facility, said he expected things to get emotional when they finally met.
"Like I said it's gonna be pretty emotional I haven't seen him for ages it's been five or six years and just the upbringing back home and just to see him and these boys it's something that I will never forget.
"I know my roots are back in Nadera and it's going to be emotional but yeah I'm looking forward to seeing him."
Sisa said he understood how blessed he was to have the opportunity to represent the Bati saying he was very excited at the prospect of playing beside Petero Civoniceva and other NRL players.
Meanwhile, the Fiji Bati were treated to lunch by Asco Motors yesterday before the side presented its i-tatau to President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.