Just a month before the Rugby World Cup, Tuisova’s son, Joshua Junior, died of a rare genetic disorder. He was only two years old. Tuisova and his wife, Elenoa, were devastated by the news.
He could stay with his family and mourn, or he could join his teammates and represent his country. He chose the latter. He said he wanted to honour his son’s memory by playing rugby.
He scored four tries in four games, and helped Fiji reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007. He was named the player of the match in the win over Wales, and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Tuisova pointed to the sky and kissed his wrist, where he had a tattoo of his son’s name. He also wore a black armband with the initials JJ. He said he felt his son’s presence with him on the field.
the hearts of many people around the world. He showed incredible strength and courage in the face of adversity. He inspired his teammates, his opponents, and his fans. He proved that rugby is more than just a game. It is a way of life.