The most dedicated referee in the world?

If you think you have a tough commute to work, think again.

Not that Peceli Tavoto’s three-hour journey to Sigatoka is undertaken for work, rather for the love of the game.

The 45 year-old makes the arduous trip from his rural village to referee in the Coral Coast Sevens, one of Fiji’s biggest rugby festivals. His journey takes him through tall grass, over hills and across a local river. And by this we don’t mean a casual stroll over the local bridge or even a short row in a boat, we mean wading in chest-deep with his bag held aloft to keep his kit dry … followed by a short hour and a half wait for a bus.

How’s this for dedication:


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