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Patiliai Tuidraki (wing)
Club: Nakavu
Province: Nadi
Born: 29/07/69 Died: 26/09/02
Height: 1m80 (5'11")
Weight: 77kg
Fiji: 6 caps (12 games)
Japan: 20 caps

Pat Tuidraki played wing for Fiji throughout the 1994 season as part of the squad that toured New Zealand and Japan and then hosted Wales and Western Samoa.

His performances and attitude to the game made then-manager Sialeni Vuetaki mark him down as a potential Fiji captain.

Having played NPC in New Zealand while studying at Otago University, Tuidraki moved to Japan and represented his adpoted country at 7s and 15s, making his Test debut for Japan in 1997 against Hong Kong.

Wearing a Japan jersey, he played against Fiji at Churchill Park in June 1999. Though Fiji won that game, Japan went on to take the Epson Cup after a 37-34 win over Samoa when Tuidraki scored a vital try.

His try-scoring record remained impressive for Japan at 7s and 15s. He had earned 12 Japan caps before the 1999 World Cup, scoring eight tries including a hat trick against Taiwan in the qualifiers in Singapore when Japan won 134-6.

He was part of Japan's World Cup campaign that year, and though Japan lost all three of their matches at the tournament, Tuidraki was the only one of the six non-Japanese in their squad to keep his place the following year.

On his return to Fiji in 2002, he skippered Nadi in the Telecom Fiji Cup.

He passed away at age 33 on 26 September, 2002, after suffering from a kidney ailment.


Playing record for Fiji
1994
– Japan Universities, Japan A1, Japan1, Japan A2, Japan2, Thames Valley, East Coast, NZ Universities, Horophenua, NZ Maori, Wales, W Samoa

Played for Japan 1997-2001 (20 caps):

Previous teams:

Otago Univ, Toyota Motors

Hailed from: Nakavu, Nadi
School: St Paul's College, Auckland



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