The mother of Fiji and Racing 92 star Josua Tuisova has sadly died, just under two months after his seven-year-old son tragically passed away.
The 29-year-old learnt of the news late last week, ahead of Racing’s Top 14 clash with Toulon at the Stade Mayol.
Played in the clash
The centre decided to play the match with the Lelos as they claimed a 17-12 victory, which went a large way towards sealing qualification for the quarter-finals.
Tuisova also chose to miss his son’s funeral as he remained in France and played in the games against Portugal and England.
Fiji would go out to the Red Rose 30-24 at the last-eight stage in a match where the centre picked up a knee injury.
He is currently on the sidelines and will miss the next few months.
Showing support for their team-mate
The Racing players wanted to show their support for Tuisova in their clash at the weekend as they all wore black armbands.
Their opponents Toulon, who the 29-year-old played for between 2013 and 2019, also paid their respects with the same gesture.
“We were keen to give everything on the pitch for Josua Tuisova. He unfortunately lost his mother and we played for him this evening,” Racing centre Henry Chavancy told Canal+.
“When it was tough, we fought very hard for him and I believe that this point (losing bonus-point) is thanks to him.”