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Fiji rugby president passes away

Emoni Narawa
Monday, December 30, 2013

THE Fiji Rugby Union has lost another of its favourite sons in Ratu Isikeli Tasere.

The FRU president passed away on Boxing Day at his home in Nepani, Nasinu.

Ratu Isikeli, who is the chief of Nayawa Village in Nadroga, is a former mayor of Sigatoka Town.

He was elected as the FRU president in 2011 while heading the Nadroga Rugby Union.

This year he stepped down as NRU president and was replaced by Tiko Matawalu.

Ratu Isikeli represented Fiji on several occasions including the 13-14 loss to the All Blacks at Buckhurst Park in Suva in 1974. The team was captained by Vilikesa Mocelutu.

Ratu Isikeli is one of Nadroga and Fiji's powerful front rowers.

He played with Isimeli Batibasaga, Ravuama Latilevu, Lote Tuqiri, Peter Hughes, his cousin Aminiasi Naituyaga and Peceli Kina during Nadroga's nine-year reign of the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy.

The village of Nayawa has produced top Fiji reps such as Senitiki Nasave, Naituyaga and the late Aminiasi 'Steelman' Naituyaga.

He is survived by his three children and wife Kelesita.