Phillippe “Fiji” Leka (1980-2010) – Rest in Peace.

From the family and friends of Phillippe “Fiji” Leka

It is with great sadness that we confirm the untimely passing of Phillippe “Fiji” Leka on April 14 2010. Phillippe, aged 30, suffered a fatal neck injury during a rugby game on April 3 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

Phillippe, from Nayawa Village, Nadroga Province, Fiji, is survived in the U.S. by his partner Liliana and their one year old daughter Xyella. Phillippe will be repatriated to Fiji, where he will be received by his cousin Ratu Naibuka Nacei Narukutabua and members of his Fijian family. He will be laid to rest with his mother in the village of Nayawa.

Phillippe lived life to the fullest, particularly on the rugby field where he played with joy and passion. His memory will be honored by his friends and family across the world who will continue to play, and support, the game he loved.

Phillippe’s family would like to thank the many individuals and rugby clubs for the thoughts and prayers that have comforted them during this difficul time.

A memorial service will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, 3224 N. Gordon Place, Milwaukee, WI 53212.

Vic Drover
Vic Drover

Vic has a long history in and around the sport of rugby both in Canada and the US. He has played for and started numerous clubs (Vandal's RFC, Strathcona Druids, Suffolk Bull Moose, West Side Harlequins, Milwaukee Barbarians, Hamilton Girls Rugby), and served many roles over the years at all administrative levels. Vic joined the Harlequins in 2007 and remained an active club member through the transition to the Barbarians. These days, he spends his rugby time playing tag rugby and touring with the Old Boys, keeping the club website updated, helping organize the Lakefront 7s, and fundraising.

Articles: 199