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NRL Parramatta Eeels rugby league star Maika Sivo’s emotional moment he reunites with his father

‘In my heart I am there with him’: Emotional moment a footy star is reunited with his father for the first time in four years after moving to Australia from a small village in Fiji

  • Heartwarming moment rugby league player Maika Sivo reunited with his father
  • Parramatta Eels winger left Fijian village of Momi in 2015 never playing rugby 
  • The hard-working father had never been on a plane or see his son in a match 
  • An emotional video shows the heartwarming moment the pair were reunited
  • ‘I am so thankful for this moment,’ Joeli says as the pair embrace while in tears 

The heartwarming moment rugby league star Maika Sivo reunited with his father for the first time in four years has been captured on camera.

The Parramatta Eels winger left the small Fijian village of Momi in 2015 and had never played rugby league, but has since become one of the NRL’s highest try-scorers.

Before making the trip to Australia earlier this month, Joeli Sivo had never boarded a flight and had never attended one of his son’s games.

Before making the trip to Australia earlier this month, Joeli Sivo (pictured watching his son play on August 10) had never boarded a flight and had never attended one of his son’s matches

The heartwarming moment rugby league star Maika Sivo (pictured) reunited with his father for the first time in four years was captured on camera

The heartwarming moment rugby league star Maika Sivo (pictured) reunited with his father for the first time in four years was captured on camera

‘Even though Maika is a long way away, I still feel very close to him,’ Joeli said in the video. 

‘In my heart, I am there with him. One day I will visit my son before I get too old.’ 

The video shows the heartwarming moment the pair were reunited during a training session as the Eels prepared to tackle the Newcastle Knights on August 10.

Father and son are seen embracing, both in tears, as Joeli says: ‘I am so thankful for this moment’. 

Joeli watched his son play for the first time six years in the 20-14 defeat at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta in Sydney’s west.

The video shows the proud father chanting: ‘Sivo! Sivo! Sivo!’ 

The match was made even more memorable as Joeli witnessed Sivo score his 16th try of the season.

The emotional video portrays Sivo’s journey with the NRL and how his parents continue to support their son from Fiji.

It reveals how Sivo has built his parents a house in their village and continues to send them money every fortnight. 

The video shows the heartwarming moment the pair were reunited during a training session as the Eels prepared to tackle the Newcastle Knights

The video shows the heartwarming moment the pair were reunited during a training session as the Eels prepared to tackle the Newcastle Knights

It reveals how Sivo has built his parents a house in his parents' village and continues to send them money every fortnight

It reveals how Sivo has built his parents a house in his parents’ village and continues to send them money every fortnight

‘My dad has worked hard all his life,’ Sivo says in the video. 

‘I wanted to pay him back for all his sacrifices. He’s still working hard … Him and Mum are pretty proud of me.’

‘My dad watches every game on my uncle’s satellite TV. The neighbours don’t complain about the noise because they’re always there too.’ 

Sivo only began playing rugby league four years ago. 

‘I wasn’t expecting him to be leading the try-scoring, but I had high expectations around how he’d be able to perform,’ Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said.

‘We were quite vocal about it early in the piece with the club that he was going to be a good player. He’s still got a lot to learn about the game.’

As part of their ongoing brand partnership and just in time for father's day, Victoria Bitter and NRL joined forces to get Joeli to Australia - all without Sivo's knowledge

As part of their ongoing brand partnership and just in time for father’s day, Victoria Bitter and NRL joined forces to get Joeli to Australia – all without Sivo’s knowledge

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