Fiji national rugby sevens team

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Fiji
UnionFiji Rugby Union
Coach(es)Gareth Baber
Captain(s)Jerry Tuwai
Top scorerWaisale Serevi (1310)
Most triesNasoni Roko (125)
Team kit
Change kit
Change kit
World Cup
Appearances(First in 1993)
Best resultChampions (1997, 2005)
World Rugby series (2005–2006, 2014–2015, 2015–2016)
Fiji national rugby sevens team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Pacific Games
Gold medal – first place 1999 Santa Rita Team
Gold medal – first place 2003 Suva Team
Gold medal – first place 2015 Port Moresby Team
Gold medal – first place 2007 Apia Team
Silver medal – second place 2011 Noumea Team
(South) Pacific Mini Games
Silver medal – second place 2009 Rarotonga Team
Silver medal – second place 2013 Mata-Utu Team

The Fiji national rugby sevens team is one of the most successful rugby sevens teams in the world. Fiji has won the Hong Kong Sevens a record eighteen times since the tournament's 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). Fiji also won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, the country's first Olympic medal in any event.[1]

Fiji is also known for its style of play — the "Flying Fijians" play with Fijian flair.[2] Their passing and offloads can be unorthodox for traditional rugby coaching, and more similar to basketball style.[3]

History[edit]

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 significant. 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.

The FRU again ran out of money in 2013 to support the national sevens team. The IRB had temporarily suspended funding due to concerns with FRU financial management and governance. The head coach went unpaid for months, other staff were terminated, and the team lacked funds for basic supplies such as rugby balls and bottled water.[4]

Waisale Serevi is highly regarded as the best player ever in sevens rugby.[citation needed] Nicknamed the "maestro", played in this side from 1989 to 2006 leading them to countless tournament victories, two Sevens World Cups in 1997 and 2005.

World Rugby Sevens Series[edit]

Summary
Rank Times Seasons
1st 3 2005-06, 2014-15, 2015-16
2nd 6 1999-2000, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2011-12, 2017-18
3rd 5 2000-01, 2002-03, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2016-17
4th 5 2001-02, 2003-04, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11
Total 19

Fiji has won the World Rugby Sevens Series three times — first in 2005-06, and most recently in 2015-16. Fiji are one of only two teams — along with New Zealand — to finish in the top four of the World Series every season since its inception.[citation needed]

Fiji sevens rugby team 2009
Sevens Series record
Year Position Rounds Points Most tries Most points
1999–00 2nd 10 180 Vilimoni Delasau (83)
2000–01 3rd 9 124
2001–02 4th 11 122
2002–03 3rd 7 94
2003–04 4th 8 84
2004–05 2nd 7 88
2005–06 1st 8 144
2006–07 2nd 8 128 William Ryder (416)
2007–08 4th 8 98 Emosi Vucago (25) Neumi Nanuku (146)
2008–09 2nd 8 102 Vereniki Goneva (24)
2009–10 4th 8 108 William Ryder (166)
2010–11 4th 8 122 Seremaia Burotu (29) Emosi Vucago (195)
2011–12 2nd 9 161 Joeli Lutumailagi (28) Metuisela Talebula (271)
2012–13 3rd 9 121 Samisoni Viriviri (29) Joji Baleviani Raqamate (247)
2013–14 3rd 9 144 Samisoni Viriviri (52) Samisoni Viriviri (260)
2014–15 1st 9 164 Savenaca Rawaca (42) Osea Kolinisau (312)
2015–16[5] 1st 10 181 Savenaca Rawaca (35) Vatemo Ravouvou (287)
2016–17 3rd 10 150
2017–18 2nd 10 180 Eroni Sau (37) Amenoni Nasilasila (316)
Total 3 Titles 146 2117 Nasoni Roko (125) Waisale Serevi (1,310)

Quadrennial tournaments[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Fiji secured their first Olympic medal with a 43–7 win over Great Britain at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio, Brazil. The opening minute saw Osea Kolinisau left one and one with Tom Mitchell and although his fellow captain halted his progress, Kolinisau was still able to stretch and touch the ball down behind his head. Almost straight away, Fiji had a second try when Samisoni Viriviri muscled his way past two players before offloading to Jerry Tuwai to score under the posts. After that Britain were shell shocked and Fiji racked up a further five tries.

Rugby World Cup Sevens[edit]

Fiji has twice won the Rugby World Cup Sevens — first in 1997, and again in 2005. Both times, Waisale Serevi was chosen as player of the tournament.

World Cup Sevens record
Year Round Position Played Won Lost Drew Most tries Most points
Scotland 1993 Semifinals 3rd 9 7 2 0
Hong Kong 1997 Finals 1st 7 7 0 0 M. Vunibaka (12) W. Serevi (117)
Argentina 2001 Semifinals 3rd 7 6 1 0
Hong Kong 2005 Finals 1st 8 8 0 0
United Arab Emirates 2009 Quarterfinals 5th 4 3 1 0
Russia 2013 Semifinals 3rd 6 4 2 0
United States 2018 Semifinals 4th 4 2 2 0
Total 2 Titles 6/6 45 37 8 0 M. Vunibaka (23) W. Serevi (297)

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Honours[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Former squads[edit]

  1. Kalione Nasoko (Captain)
  2. Josua Vakurunabili
  3. Apenisa Cakaubalavu
  4. Beniamino Vota
  5. Sevuloni Mocenacagi
  6. Waisea Nacuqu
  7. Jerry Tuwai
  8. Napoliani Ratu
  9. Ilikena Vuduolo
  10. Filimoni Botitu
  11. Alasio Naduva
  12. Batinisavu Uluiyata
  13. Vatemo Ravouvou

Player records[edit]

The following section lists player records from the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Former players[edit]

In addition to the players listed above, other notable players include:

Head 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)
  1. ^ "Fiji thrash Great Britain to win Olympic men's rugby sevens gold". Guardian. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Rugby Sevens final: Team GB thrashed 43-7 as Fiji win their first ever Olympic medal", Telegraph, Daniel Schofield, 12 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Q&A: Ben Ryan on life after becoming an Olympic legend – and Fijian chief – as coach of the island’s gold-medal rugby team", South China Morning Post, James Porteous, 15 October 2016.
  4. ^ “No Money, No Problem for Fiji Rugby Sevens Team”, New York Times, Emma Stoney, March 28, 2014.
  5. ^ “Fiji secure back-to-back titles after day one in London”, Telegraph, Oliver Pickup, 21 May 2016.
  6. ^ “Fiji storms to sevens gold, claiming first-ever Olympic medal”, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 12 August 2016.
  7. ^ “A potted history of sevens at the Commonwealth Games”, WorldRugby.org, 6 April, 2018.
  8. ^ “Fiji suspended from 2010 Commonwealth Games”, Herald Sun, Julie Tullberg, October 12, 2009.
  9. ^ “Fiji drops Games boycott threat”, news.com.au, March 27, 2014.
  10. ^ “Fiji storms to sevens gold, claiming first-ever Olympic medal”, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 12 August 2016.
  11. ^ "How Fiji Sevens’ Waisale Serevi and his band of ‘schoolchildren’ took the Hong Kong 1997 World Cup home", South China Morning Post, Sam Agars, 18 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Fiji storm to victory in Oceania Sevens in Noosa with victory over New Zealand in the final", Ultimate Rugby Sevens, Nick Jordan, 4 October 2014.
  13. ^ WorldRugby.org
  14. ^ WorldRugby.org

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