Fiji is mourning the death of one of its greatest players, Lemeki Koroi, who scored two tries in final of the 1997 Sevens World Cup in Hong Kong.
Satish Narain, a well-known rugby commentator in Fiji, posted a tribute to Koroi on Facebook.
“A star of the those days of Prisons 7s. The late coach, Rupeni Ravonu selected him for the 1997 World Cup 7s where the nuggety Naitasiri man scored a brace of tries in the final victory over South Africa,” wrote Narain.
“In those days, rugby players were camera shy and i interviewed him during a dinner feast that was hosted in Nadi after the team arrived with the Melrose Cup.
“On a few visits to the Naboro Prison compound, he would make saucaarp juice at the dog unit area which was perfect in the afternoon heat. He was a humble warrior.
“I was delighted the cameraman got a shot of him in the crowd at the ANZ Stadium last Saturday during the Suva vs Namosi match. Isa….i didn’t know that was the last time i’d get the chance to say something about you. Another great rugby friend joins the Team in heaven, he is a solid tackler, a lion-heart warrior and he never disappoints.”