MINUTE’S SI­LENCE FOR FI­JIAN RUGBY PLAYER WHO DIED WHILE PLAY­ING

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

A rugby player who died af­ter col­laps­ing on the pitch dur­ing a match has been com­mem­o­rated by his club. A minute’s si­lence was ob­served for pop­u­lar Save­naca Koroibulileka be­fore Oakham’s home match against Stam­ford on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Save­naca, known as Koro, Savy or Tu, col­lapsed dur­ing a match be­tween Oakham RFC and West Bridg­ford at Rut­land Show­ground on Satur­day, Septem­ber 24.

The 38-year-old Fi­jian for­mer pri­vate in the 2nd Bat­tal­ion, Royal Anglian Reg­i­ment (The Poach­ers) col­lapsed af­ter scor­ing a try and was pro­nounced dead at Peter­bor­ough Hos­pi­tal. A minute’s si­lence was also ob­served at matches in Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land dur­ing the pre­vi­ous week­end.

Fundrais­ing to help his widow and his four chil­dren has topped the £11,000 (F$28,029) mark. David Smiter, who started a Just Giv­ing page, said he was “one of the great­est men I have ever known”.

The cause of Koroibulileka’s death has not yet been pub­lished.

Cause of death not yet pub­lished.

Save­naca Koroibulileka pic­tured with his boys.

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