Semi Radradra’s dad has taken the extraordinary step of asking Fijian rugby fans for forgiveness after his son dropped the ball with the line wide open in their World Cup opener against Wales.
Warren Gatland’s men escaped with a 32-26 victory, but former NRL star Radradra had the chance to win it at the death – but knocked on out wide with no defender in sight.
It prompted his father to issue an apology on social media.
‘I humbly ask if the people of Fiji can forgive my son,’ Samisoni Waqavatu posted online.
‘It has been hard for us as a family to accept what happened as we know we let people down.
Semi Radrarda’s dad has asked Fijian rugby fans for forgiveness after his son dropped the ball with the line wide open in their World Cup opener against Wales
The winger has the chance to make amends when Fiji tackle Australia on Monday (1.45am AEST)
Semi Radradra had a stunning strike-rate in the NRL with the Eels, scoring 82 tries in 94 games
‘Once more I ask that you forgive us….. we are truly sorry.’
Radradra, 31, who was a try scoring sensation when he played in the NRL with the Parramatta Eels between 2013 and 2017, has been named on the wing in Fiji’s must win clash against the Wallabies in Saint-Etienne on Monday (1.45am, AEST).
He has also come a long way from earning $2 an hour digging for gold in his homeland.
Wallabies assistant Jason Ryles said stopping Radradra would be key to Australia’s hopes of banking back-to-back victories after downing Georgia in their first pool game.
Barring any major upsets, a win over Fiji would see the Wallabies and Wales secure the two play-off spots.
‘Semi’s one of those guys that bends the line and they like to play off the back of him…. and in open space they look for him,’ Ryles said.
‘He’s a huge influence on their team and one of the guys that we are certainly going to have to make sure we do a good job on.’
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