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Emotional moment for former Flying Fijians flanker in Japan

September 11, 2019 4:46 pm
The Flying Fijians during a traditional dinner with Toyota Shokki Rugby Club hosted by Akita City [Source: Fiji Rugby]

The past few days have been quite emotional for a Fijian family in Akita, Japan.

Former Flying Fijians flanker Setareki Tawake and his family is grateful that Akita is hosting the national team.

Many rugby fans in Fiji remember Tawake very well as his 1999 Rugby World Cup try against France was disallowed by then referee Paddy Obrien.

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The Kavala villager from Kadavu has been living in Japan for the last 14 years and says this is quite a memorable moment for him and his family.

‘For me it’s a dream come true as a former Flying Fijian managed to bring the Flying Fijians here with the support of Akita for me that is huge here I’m the first Fijian to come to Akita I’m emotional at times and my family too you know their support’.

Tawake is also the Flying Fijians Liason Officer in Japan.

Fiji will take on the Wallabies next Saturday.

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