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Rabeni family says thanks for fans' support

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The family of former Leicester Tigers favourite Seru Rabeni have sent their thanks to everyone who supported a fundraising appeal in his name after the Fijian centre's death in March at the age of just 37.

Tigers supporters Matthew Lane, Joanne Boyce and Shaun Gibson organised a fundraising appeal which topped £5,000 and has now been forwarded to Rabeni’s family in Fiji.
“Fund-raising has now finished and we raised £5,076.30,” Matthew tells us. “The money was sent to Noame Rabeni on Saturday. Please thank the Tigers Family from me.”
Naome responded by thanking the Tigers Family for their support.
“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Tigers Family for the generous and thoughtful gift,” she said.
“We were simply amazed at the huge amount of money that you have raised for us. This was a real significance of love and thoughtfulness.
“Shaun Gibson, Matthew Lane, Joanne Boyce, Laura Gary and Bronwen Morgan Jones, we really appreciate all the commitment you gave to organise all the fundraising. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will always be grateful for all that you have done to help us.
“It is our prayer that the Tigers Family will be richly blessed and may we have a successful 2016/17 Season. Once a Tiger always a Tiger.”
Former Tigers centre Rabeni died at his home in Fiji at the age of 37 in March.
He made his Tigers debut in 2004 and scored 18 tries in 63 appearances, playing a major role in a league and cup double in 2006/07. He was a Premiership title winner again in 2008/09.
Rabeni also won 30 caps for Fiji and nine for the combined Pacific Islanders team. After leaving Leicester, he had spells with Leeds in the Premiership and with French clubs La Rochelle and Mont-de-Marsan before beginning a coaching career which included spells in the USA and Hong Kong.