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Rugby loses former star player

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, May 17, 2014

THE rugby fraternity is mourning the loss of a former Fiji 7s star.

Sela Gutugutuwai passed away this week in Sydney, Australia.

Gutugutuwai, who also earned 12 Test caps with the Flying Fijians, played for the Fiji 7s team in the 1980s.

He was part of the famous 1984 national team that defeated New Zealand 26-0 in the Hong Kong 7s final.

The lanky forward, who was originally from Nakoronawa, Nakasaleka in Kadavu, is best remembered for scoring the winning try in the 1980 Hong Kong 7s final against the Scottish side, Co-Optimists.

Gutugutuwai played alongside the likes of Acura Niuqila, Paulo Nawalu, Esala Teleni and Etuate (Honda) Gusuivalu.

The funeral arrangement is yet to be finalised.

He is survived by his wife Maraia and five children.


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