Sons of Savenaca Koroibulileka enjoy Twickenham mascot honour

Savenaca Koroibulileka's sons at Twickenham Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The three boys, Viliame (left), Orisi (centre) and Inoke (right) at Twickenham before the Fiji-England match

Three young sons of a British soldier who died while playing rugby union appeared as mascots for the Fiji-England autumn international match at Twickenham.

Savenaca Koroibulileka, 38, collapsed while playing in Rutland on 24 September. He died later in hospital.

His sons were invited to be mascots for the Fijian team on Saturday.

Inoke, 13, Viliame, eight, and Orisi, seven, took to the pitch with players before the game kicked off.

A fourth son, four-year-old Kelepi, was too young to be a mascot but watched at the stadium with his mother Ilivema.

England RFU provided a full kit for the three boys, which they will keep.

Image caption The three boys were excited about their appearance at Twickenham

Fijian-born Savenaca collapsed while playing for Oakham RFC against West Bridgford at Rutland Showground.

Barbara Crelin, who was a first aider at the game, said: "Seven minutes into the second half he scored a try and then collapsed during the conversion."

Savenaca, known as Koro, Savy or Tu, was serving with the Military Provost Guard Service at North Luffenham in Rutland.

The father-of-four was a former private in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment. His cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Image copyright oakham RFC
Image caption Tu was a popular member of the Oakham squad

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites