|Birth name||Tomasi Mawi Rabaka|
|Date of birth||5 December 1965|
|Place of birth||Waikete, Tailevu, Fiji|
|Date of death||24 July 2017 51)(aged|
|Place of death||Vuniyasi, Nadi|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||176 lb (80 kg)|
|Notable relative(s)||Samisoni Rabaka (brother)|
|Rugby union career|
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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