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FRU presents i reguregu to its former president

Jo Kunaluvea
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Fiji Rugby Union presented their i reguregu at Nayawa Village in Nadroga yesterday as a mark of respect for the late president of the Fiji Rugby Union Ratu Isikeli Tasere who passed away two weeks ago.

The delegation was headed by the acting chief executive officer Berlin Kafoa and also included former CEO Pio Bosco Tikoisuva, Joe Brown, Flying Fijian coach Inoke Male, Sale Sorovaki, Semi Rogoyawa and Aporosa Tuqovu.

In presenting the tabua, Rogoyawa said the late Nayawa Village chief and Tui Madudu was a humble man and a dedicated worker.

"He not only represented Fiji as a rugby player but also gave his time to serve as president," Rogoyawa said.

Bosco recalling his playing days, said he never played with the late chief in the Fiji team but it was the rugby clashes between Nadroga and Suva in the 1970s that he was forthright with.

"I was studying in London when Tasere was in the Fiji team but I can remember in 1974 news relayed to me about the how the All Blacks sneaked with a 14-13 win at Buckurst Park and Tasere was one of the players in the Fiji team," said the former national rugby captain.

He said it was the passing away of a former rugby player in his era and the importance of team bonding in those days that he made sure he was part of the FRU's reguregu team yesterday.

"I contacted Siti and Atonio Racika but they couldn't make it, I emailed Ratu Tui Cavuilati informing him about the death of Tasere, he really missed him because he was also part of the 1974 team but he sent some money for the reguregu and sent his condolences.

"These gentlemen we played against each other in provincial rugby in those days and it's sad most of them have now passed away.

"It was at Lawaqa Park that we often played in and Suva had Nimilote Ratudina, Rabuka and Racika in the front rows while Nadroga had their own front rows with Tasere as one of their tough players and dirty play was almost like a part of rugby.

"After the game all was forgotten and we partied until the early hours of Sunday," said the 66-year-old Bosco.

Bosco also met one of his playing mates yesterday Aminiasi Naituyaga, another former Fiji rugby rep in the 70s and they reminisce the good old days.

Meanwhile the body of the late Ratu Isikeli Tasere will be arriving from Suva this afternoon.

Burial will be held tomorrow at 11am.

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