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