Fiji national rugby union team (sevens)

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Fiji
Logo Fiji Rugby.svg
Union Fiji Rugby Union
Coach(es) EnglandBen Ryan
Captain(s) Osea Kolinisau
Team kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances 4 (First in 1993)
Best result Champions, 1997, 2005

The Fiji Sevens side is one of the most popular and successful 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 Sevens World Cup twice, winning that event in 1997 and 2005 (coincidentally, the two times it has been held in Hong Kong). The Fiji national rugby union sevens team compete in the World Sevens Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens.

History[edit]

Main article: Rugby union in Fiji

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[edit]

A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Fiji

IRB World Cup Sevens[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Scotland 1993 Cup Semi Finalists 3rd 9 7 2 0
Hong Kong 1997 Winners 1st 7 7 0 0
Argentina 2001 Cup Semi Finalists 3rd 7 6 1 0
Hong Kong 2005 Winners 1st 8 8 0 0
United Arab Emirates 2009 Quarterfinals 5th 4 3 1 0
Russia 2013 Third Place 3rd 6 4 2 0
Total 2 Titles 6/6 41 35 6 0

Honours[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

12 Men squad to 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens

Non-travelling Reserves

Former players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • McLaren, Bill A Visit to Hong Kong in Starmer-Smith, Nigel & Robertson, Ian (eds) The Whitbread Rugby World '90 (Lennard Books, 1989)