Semisi Naevo

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Semisi Naevo
Semisi Naevo 2007 (cropped).jpg
Naevo at the 2007 Rugby World Cup
Full name Ratu Meli Semisi Naevo Saukawa
Date of birth (1975-05-03) 3 May 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Nadi, Fiji
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 115 kg (18 st 2 lb)
School Nawaka District School, Ratu Navula Secondary School, Nadi College, Wesley College, NZ
University University Of Auckland (Bachelors Degree with Honours)
Notable relative(s) Apenisa Naevo
Manoa Naevo
Occupation(s) Business Man
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998 - 2003
2003
2003 - 2007
Counties
Nawaka
Green Rockets
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006 - 2008
2008
Fiji
Pacific Islanders
9
2
(0)
(0)
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2001 - Fiji 19

Ratu Meli Semisi Naevo Saukawa (born 3 May 1976 in Nawaka, Nadi, Fiji) is a Fijian rugby union player. He plays as a flanker. His nickname is Mountain Bear. As such, he enjoys eating. His father, Joeli Lesavua, and two brothers, Apenisa and Manoa Naevo, are also Fiji reps.

Career[edit]

He plays sevens for Fiji. He is a strong tackler with good line-out skills, he also has the speed for sevens. His ball-hunting skills earned him his first cap in the 2006 Pacific 5 Nations tournament where he stalked the Samoans from the side of the scrum to help Fiji win 23-20. He has made an excellent name for himself in the Fiji sevens team with outstanding performances in his first outing in Argentina and Wellington, 2002. He is a member of the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens team, his speed and aerial skills made him a menace. He was bestowed with the captaincy role for the last two tournaments of the 2005-06 IRB 7s Series, and it was fitting that he lifted the London Sevens trophy and also the IRB sevens trophy.

Commonwealth Games[edit]

He was also part of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester where Fiji won the silver medal when they were defeated by New Zealand in the final after Fiji were reduced to 5 men for most of the game.

Semisi was also part of the 2006 Commonwealth Games where they won a bronze medal.

2007 RWC[edit]

Naevo was also part of the Fiji 15's team that reached the Quarter-finals of the Rugby Union World Cup in 2007.

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