Fijian rugby star Josua Tuisova missed his child’s funeral to remain in France to represent his country in the Rugby World Cup.
Tuisova’s 7 year old son Tito devastatingly passed away after ‘a prolonged battle with a debilitating illness‘ at a hospital in Lautoka.
The star was told of his son’s death last week ahead of the team’s game against Georgia on Saturday, 30 September.
Tito’s funeral took place in Votua, Ba, Fiji on Tuesday (3 October) morning.
Despite the immense personal grief, Tuisova displayed incredible professionalism and resilience by continuing to play for his team.
The rugby community, known for its camaraderie, rallied around Tuisova. Players and fans alike extended their condolences and support, showing the close-knit nature of the sport.
Video clips shared across social media platforms showed Tuisova spending over half an hour greeting & thanking fans after Fiji’s hard fought win over Georgia.
Commenting on the incredible scenes, one viewer said:
“Putting a on a smile for the fans while mourning the loss of his son.”
“What an incredible guy! Thoughts go to him and the family,”
a second added, while a third wrote:
“He just got the news of losing his son that same day. What a hero.”
Josua Tuisova’s decision to play amidst personal tragedy exemplifies the spirit of resilience in sports. As the rugby world gathers to celebrate the pinnacle of their sport, they also come together in moments of sorrow, epitomizing the true essence of community and support.