Tomasi Rabaka

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Tomasi Rabaka
Birth nameTomasi Mawi Rabaka
Date of birth(1965-12-05)5 December 1965
Place of birthWaikete, Tailevu, Fiji
Date of death24 July 2017(2017-07-24) (aged 51)
Place of deathVuniyasi, Nadi
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight176 lb (80 kg)
Notable relative(s) Samisoni Rabaka (brother)
SpouseAna [1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1985-1989
1989-1992
1992
St.Mary's
Brothers Rugby Club
Nadi Cavaliers
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National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
1991 Fiji 4 (24)

Tomasi Mawi Rabaka (Tailevu, 5 December 1965 – Nadi, 24 June 2017) was a Fijian rugby union player who played as a Fly-half. His brother is Samisoni Rabaka, who was also a Fijian international.

Nadi Place in Viti Levu, Fiji

Nadi is the third-largest conurbation in Fiji. It is located on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu, and had a population of 42,284 at the most recent census, in 2007. A 2012 estimate showed that the population had grown to over 50,000. Nadi is multiracial with many of its inhabitants Indian or Fijian, along with a large transient population of foreign tourists. Along with sugar cane production, tourism is a mainstay of the local economy.

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Career

Born in the Waikete village, in Tailevu, Rabaka is the fourth child in a family of 11. He started his rugby career playing for the St.Mary's Rugby Club in Nadi, before he joined Brothers Rugby Club in Votualevu. In 1992, he was also played for Nadi Cavaliers. For the Fiji national team, he first played during a test match against Samoa, in Apia, on 1 June 1991. Rabaka also took part at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, where he played only in the match against Romania, at Brive-la-Gaillarde, where he scored two drop goals, the first being was kicked from the halfway line and the second from the 10 metres line. His rugby career ended in 1993 at the age of 27, after he was involved in a hit and run accident. [2]

Fiji national rugby union team sports team

The Fiji national rugby union team competes every four years at the Rugby World Cup, and their best performances were the 1987 and 2007 tournaments when they defeated Argentina and Wales respectively to reach the quarterfinals. Fiji also regularly plays test matches during the June and November test windows. Fiji also plays in the Pacific Tri-Nations, and has won the most Pacific Tri-Nations Championships of the three participating teams.

Samoa national rugby union team national rugby union team of Samoa

The Samoa national rugby union team is governed by the Samoa Rugby Union. The name Manu Samoa is in honour of a famous Samoan warrior. They perform a traditional Samoan challenge called the siva tau before each game. Samoa Rugby Union were formerly members of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA) along with Fiji and Tonga. They are ranked 16th in the world.

Apia Place in Tuamasaga, Samoa

Apia is the capital and the largest city of Samoa. From 1900 to 1919, it was the capital of German Samoa. The city is located on the central north coast of Upolu, Samoa's second largest island. Apia is the only city in Samoa and falls within the political district (itūmālō) of Tuamasaga.

Death

On 24 June 2017, Rabaka died at the age of 51 after a long illness and was laid to rest in Vuniyasi, Nadi. is survived by his wife Ana, seven children and two grandchildren. [3]

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