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09-09-2022 Breakfast Bites Podcast S02E71 #TeivovoSports #TeivovoDigital #TeivovoRugby #TeivovoLeague




Malo  and welcome to Episode 71 of Breakfast Bites by – a  wrap of Pasifika peoples sports on this overcast Friday morning 08  September 2022 – coming to you from paradise on the 180th meridian in  the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

We only have one very sad note in rugby today, with news of the passing of TV commentator Willie Los’e – both  personally and on behalf of Teivovo Rugby and the Uprising Fiji  International 7s, I send our sincere and heartfelt thoughts and  condolences to the family of Willie Los’e, who sadly passed away in  South Africa on Wednesday, aged 55.

A  former Tongan international, playing as a lock, Willie co-captained his  country at Rugby World Cup 1995 after playing provincial rugby in New  Zealand for Auckland and North Harbour in the early 1990s, as well as  time spent at Yamaha in Japan during his playing career.

Willie  was a popular and much loved voice of rugby after his playing days and  was preparing to commentate on the Rugby World Cup 7s 2022 in Cape Town,  which begins tonight when he passed away.

Whenever  and wherever in the world we met on the World Rugby 7s Series or at XVs  Tests, Willie would always make time to catch up with me in support of  probably the smallest media organization in the global rugby media pack.

One  year at the HSBC Wellington 7s he allowed Teivovo Rugby to film him in  action commentating live inside his TV commentary booth.

At  short notice, Willie flew up to Lautoka from Auckland to front the  Uprising Fiji International 7s as Tournament Ambassador and local TV  commentator.

Willie Los’e was a gentleman of the game, on and off the pitch.

He was a proud son of Tonga and a strong supporter of Pasifika rugby who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Rest in Peace and Ofa Atu Bro.

For – I’m Culden Kamea, Mahalo, vina’a and thank you!

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