2011 Ratu Sir George Cakobau

RATU SIR GEORGE KADAVULEVU CAKOBAU,
GCMG, GCVO, OBE, KStJ (Knight of St John) Royal Victorian Chain

The 2011 Fiji Sports Hall of Fame Inductee is from one of Fiji’s longest playing sports having been played in the country for almost a hundred years. Our Inductee as Captain of a Fiji Rugby Team set a record some 72 years ago which stands till today. On a tour of New Zealand in 1939 the Fiji Rugby Team played a total of 8 games, winning 7 and drawing one. The Captain played Fly-half and scored 19 points with 2 conversions and 5 penalty goals, during the 8-game tour.

As Captain of this famous team, Ratu Sir George, was instrumental in introducing the ‘Cibi’ during the 1939 tour as he thought they should have a war dance to counteract the Maori haka. Ratu Bola a high chief of Bau personally taught the team the ‘Cibi’ that became Fiji Rugby’s iconic ‘war cry’ and is still used today by the national team.

Ratu Sir George played representative Rugby from 1934 whilst at school in New Zealand and on return to Fiji for the Tovolea Club. Upon retiring from playing his beloved sport of Rugby, he went on to become the Fiji Coach for the renowned 1954 Fiji rugby tour of Australia where the team lost the first game and won one the second test. He then co-managed and accompanied many teams as an official Government representative from 1947-1969 whilst also officiating on the FRU Board as Assistant Secretary and Patron before being elected as a Life Member.

Ratu Sir George’s track record as a rugby player, captain and manager speaks volumes of his achievements including his vision, leadership and most importantly respect from his fellow comrades and opponents alike.

For his success as a player, laying the foundation to the development of Rugby and contribution to young people FASANOC is proud to induct posthumously RATU SIR GEORGE KADAVULEVU CAKOBAU into the FIJI SPORTS HALL OF FAME in 2011.

 

 




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