Tonga and World Rugby to support ‘Atelea ‘Okati’s family

    Tonga Rugby Union (TRU) along with World Rugby were organising supports for the  family of Tonga’s late rugby sevens captain who was killed in a crash December 28.

    Atelea ‘Ōkati, 29, died in the Veitongo crash along with another passenger.

    TRU Chair Fe’ao Vunipola has confirmed the assistance  to Kaniva News today and said the details of what they would offer to help ‘Okati’s four children and wife will be released soon once they were confirmed.

    Okati most recently captained Tonga at the Oceania Sevens tournament in Fiji in November last year.

    World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper took to Twitter to express his reaction to the news of Okati’s death.

    “All at World Rugby shocked by news of Tonga 7s captain Atelea Okati’s tragic death,” Gosper tweeted.

    “Okati played for Sydney Premier Rugby Shute Shield side Penrith in the 15-man game before heading to Romania to take up a role with CSM Olyimpia Bucharest.

    “Okati helped the team claim third place in the 2015 Super CEC Bank season and played with the side up until leaving in July 2016”.

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