Fiji national rugby union team (sevens)

Fiji national rugby union team (sevens)

Fiji
Union Fiji Rugby Union
Coach(es) Ben Ryan
Captain(s) Osea Kolinisau
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 4 (First in 1993)
Best result Champions, 1997, 2005

The Fiji national rugby sevens team is one of the most popular and successful rugby sevens teams in the world and has won the Hong Kong Sevens a record twelve times since its inception in 1976. Fiji has also won the Rugby World Cup Sevens twice — in 1997 and 2005 (coincidentally, the two times it has been held in Hong Kong). The Fiji national rugby union sevens team competes in the World Rugby Sevens World Series and at the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Tournament history 2
    • Summer Olympics 2.1
    • Rugby World Cup Sevens 2.2
  • Honours 3
  • Current Squad 4
    • Non-Travelling 4.1
  • Pacific Games 5
  • Former players 6
  • Coaches 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9

History

The International Rugby Board (IRB) expanded the sevens rugby competition to become a series of 11 tournaments around the world. The debt the FRU incurred from the 2000 sevens series were horrific. At the end of December 2000, the FRU was burdened with accumulated losses of F$933,306. Fiji appealed to the IRB for funding arguing that the sevens tournament was built around Fiji and they would not be able to participate without such funding. From that appeal flowed participation funds that enabled the islands teams to play in the World Sevens Series fully funded. By the end of November 2001, the FRU was sitting on a surplus of F$560,311 compared with the previous year's net loss of F$675,609. Waisale Serevi a very well known player in sevens rugby considered as a maestro, played in this side leading them to their victories in the two Sevens World Cup on 1997 and 2005. He also coached the side from 2005-2007.

Tournament history

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Australia

Summer Olympics

Olympics Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
2016 Qualifed
Total 0 Titles 1/1 - - - -

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Fiji has twice won the Rugby World Cup Sevens — first in 1997, and again in 2005.

World Cup Sevens record
Year Round Position Played Won Lost Drew
1993 Cup Semi Finalists 3rd 9 7 2 0
1997 Winners 1st 7 7 0 0
2001 Cup Semi Finalists 3rd 7 6 1 0
2005 Winners 1st 8 8 0 0
2009 Quarterfinals 5th 4 3 1 0
2013 Third Place 3rd 6 4 2 0
Total 2 Titles 6/6 41 35 6 0

Honours

Current Squad

Non-Travelling

  • Jasa Veremalua
  • Jerry Boteanakadavu
  • Brendan Dyer
  • Lorima Raravula
  • Adrian Lee

Pacific Games

Squad to 2015 Pacific Games:[1]

  • Manueli Lagai
  • Sitiveni Waqa
  • Jasa Veremalua
  • Isake Katonibau
  • Viliame Mata
  • Emosi Mulevoro
  • Kitione Dawai
  • Amenoni Nasilasila
  • Keponi Paul
  • Vatemo Ravouvou
  • Abele Atunaisa
  • Savenaca Rawaca

Former players

Coaches

See also

References

  • McLaren, Bill A Visit to Hong Kong in Starmer-Smith, Nigel & Robertson, Ian (eds) The Whitbread Rugby World '90 (Lennard Books, 1989)
  1. ^ pg2015.gems.pro (8 July 2015). "2015 Pacific Games Men's 7s" (PDF). Retrieved 11 July 2015.