Teenage Fijian rugger dies; post-mortem exam scheduled

The late Monika Koroidrekelevu. Picture: SUPPLIED

Teenager Monika Koroidrekelevu, who played centre for the Nadroga Fijiana rugby team, died at home on Sunday, three weeks after she was injured in a match.

Her grief-stricken family declined to speak to a team from this newspaper when approached at Volivoli Village in Sigatoka last Sunday.

Koroidrekelevu, 19, is believed to have hurt her back during a game against Naitasiri in the Marama Cup three weeks ago.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed they received a report on Koroidrekelevu’s death on Sunday morning.

“The victim was reported to have been sick following a rugby match three weeks ago,” said Ms Naisoro.

“She passed away on the 7th (August) in her home.

“A post-mortem examination will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death as investigations continue.”

Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor yesterday said the FRU had not been informed of the death and that he would comment once he had more details.

Koroidrekelevu was a Year 13 student at Sigatoka Methodist College.

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