Fijian centre Josua Tuisova, who lost her seven-year-old son on Friday after a long illness, did not attend his funeral, which took place on Tuesday in Votua, Fiji, preferring to stay with his teammates who are aiming for the quarter-finals of the World Cup-2023.
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According to the Fiji Village news site, Tuisova learned of the death of her son Tito by her father Isikeli Ratulevu on Saturday, shortly before playing against Georgia (17-12) in Bordeaux. Despite his pain, the future player of Racing 92 played this match that he could not finish following a yellow card received in the 79th minute for a dangerous tackle.
His son Tito, 7, died after a long illness at the hospital in Lautoka, the second largest city in the South Pacific archipelago.
Asked about this drama on Tuesday during a press briefing, Fijian coach Simon Raiwalui cut short: "Jos' respectfully asked not to talk about it, so we will not talk about it but will leave it in the private domain.»
The "Flying Fijians" will reach the quarter-finals if they take at least one point against Portugal on Sunday in Toulouse (21:00).