Vale Taito Rauluni

by Reds Media Unit

The Queensland Rugby community is mourning the loss of Queensland Representative 910, Taito Rauluni, who passed on Saturday afternoon at the age of 73.

Born in the Fijian village of Qarani on the island of Gau in 1946, Taito emigrated to Brisbane to play club Rugby in Brisbane in 1975.

A tough, hard-working halfback, he was soon elevated to the Queensland team and made his debut in the maroon in 1977 against New England at Ballymore.

Taito went on to play seven games for Queensland as well as three games for Fiji throughout his career.

His sons, Jacob and Moses, have played for Fiji, with Jacob also earning 55 caps for Queensland and Moses coaching at both the Queensland Premier Rugby level and with the Fijian national side after his playing career.

A pioneer for Fijian Rugby players, Taito blazed the path for Pacific Islanders to travel to Australia to play Rugby and has left an immense mark on the code in Queensland.

His funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Friday 4 October at Runcorn Christian Church.