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Daddy is our hero

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

HE will always be our hero and we will always support his rugby career.

These were the emotional words of Irinieta Sadria - the bedridden wife of Vodafone Fiji 7s star Pio Tuwai after Fiji's loss in Hong Kong.

As rugby fans find it hard to swallow Fiji's bitter loss at So Kon Po, the Tuwai family is proud of their dad's achievement.

Seriously ill and bedridden for more than three months, Sadria's only remedy for her pain and heartache for their children is Tuwai himself.

Speaking on behalf of her and two daughters - Makirina, 3, and three-month-old Joyce - Sadria said her husband was a beacon of hope for her recovery.

The Ministry of Health staff nurse also apologised to the love of her life for not fully supporting his rugby career because of her health.

She said Tuwai's sacrifices and commitment had been a source of strength for her family and her own survival as she battles her affliction.

"I think no one else apart from me understands the suffering and pain endured by Pio while playing for Fiji at the IRB 7s series, having to think of our family and at the same time trying to make rugby fans happy," said Sadria.

"His heart is torn between our family and Fiji but I am grateful that he has overcome the obstacles to play to the best of his ability."

"Even though the people of Fiji are hurt because of Fiji's loss in Hong Kong, for me and our kids, Pio is always our hero.

"We are proud of his achievement and we know that he is also playing for us."

Sadria says when Tuwai is overseas on national duties, he always has time to talk to the family.

She said she was blessed to have a caring husband and that despite his busy rugby schedule, he still had time for the family.

"I am fortunate to have a humble husband who always cares about me and the kids," said Sadria.

"At times, I feel guilty of not being able to fully support his rugby career because of my sickness but I am blessed and thankful to our Almighty God for giving me such a caring partner.

"Pio has taught me the true meaning of love and family that motivates me to go past each day."

The Nailaga native said during the Japan and Hong Kong 7s, Tuwai called the family every day.

"Our name is written on his wrist band. Every time he scores a try, he kisses his band three times - this shows the type of player and husband he is.

"He means the world to us and we will always love him even though rugby fans might hate him and his teammates for losing in Hong Kong."

As the national Vodafone 7s team arrives home from Hong Kong this morning, Sadria and her two daughters will proudly hold their heads high knowing their hero gave his best for the family and for the country.





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