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Elenoa Baselala In Townsville, Australia
Sunday, October 29, 2017

THERE are many ways you can serve your country and for Apenisa Tawake it is making sure the Vodafone Fiji Bati side wear fancy haircuts during their match against USA yesterday.

Tawake, a youth support co-ordinator at the Shalom Christian College in Townsville, received a SOS call from Fiji Bati player Viliame Kikau to come and dress the hair of the players.

Kikau, a former Northland Queensland Cowboys under-20 player and Townsville resident is a close friend of Tawake.

Tawake used to cut Kikau's hair while he lived in Townsville.

Fiji Bati players receiving Tawake's service yesterday were Kikau, Akuila Uate, Suliasi Vunivalu, Joe Lovodua and the team chaplain, Reverend Ilaitia Tagiimua. Tawake visited the players at about 12pm (2pm Fiji time) for the special request from the players.

Kikau and Uate requested for "Mr T" hair cuts, shaved on both ends with hair in the middle to signify their positions on the left edge of the field.

Uate spotted the same haircut in the last Rugby World Cup and wanted the same for the opening match against USA.

Lovodua just wanted a trim maintaining the "fade" haircut.

Rev Tagituimua requested a trim.

Tawake spent two hours making the players look good.

"I am not a professional hairdresser but I have always cut friends' hair as a pastime," Tawake said.

"I feel honoured to have cut the players' hair.

"But I was under pressure because I was cutting the Fiji Bati players' hair. However, it is another way I could support the national team."

Tawake has been living in Australia for the past 12 years.

A former student of Ratu Kadavulevu School, Tawake also played in the secondary schools rugby competition and was part of the team that lost to Lelean Memorial School in the semi-finals in 2004.

Meanwhile, Fiji Bati players received haircuts, lazed around the pools and enjoyed sunny Townsville before their game yesterday.

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