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Manasa Qoro (8 February 1964[1] – 5 February 2019), was a Fijian rugby union player. He played as a flanker.

Manasa Qoro
Date of birth(1964-02-08)8 February 1964
Place of birthNawaka, Nadi, Fiji
Date of death5 February 2019(2019-02-05) (aged 54)
Place of deathNawaka, Nadi, Fiji
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight242 lb (110 kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Nawaka Rugby Club
Kandy Sports Club
Colombo Hockey and Football Club
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1987-1989 Fiji 4 (11)


He started his career for the Nawaka Rugby Club before being named in the Nadi team in 1984.[2] Three years later he made his debut in the Fiji Sevens team before being selected for the Fijian side to the 1987 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Qoro made his debut for the Flying Fijians against Queensland in April 1987 before being selected for the Rugby World Cup in May. His memorable moment was when he scored a drop goal with a more than 40 metres in the match against Italy, becoming the first forward in world rugby to score points from a drop goal in a world cup match.[3] His contribution enabled his team to become the first Flying Fijians outfit to reach the world cup quarter-final long before the Ilivasi Tabua-coached side repeated the feat in 2007. His last international match for the Flying Fijians was during the match against Belgium, at Liège, on 7 October 1989. In that year, Qoro moved to Sri Lanka to play for Kandy until 1991, where he played for Colombo Hockey and Football Club until 1994.[4] He died on 5 February 2019, aged 54.[5]


  1. ^ Fiji 1987 World Cup squad at World Rugby
  2. ^ Size doesn't matter for Labalaba
  3. ^ Historic drop goal
  4. ^ Fijian power to strenghten CH and FC this season
  5. ^ "Ex-Fijian Rugby Star Dies". Fiji Sun. Retrieved 2019-02-07.

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