Fiji national rugby sevens team

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This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Fiji women's national rugby sevens team.
Fiji
Logo Fiji Rugby.svg
Union Fiji Rugby Union
Coach(es) Gareth Baber
Captain(s) Maurice Mason
Top scorer Waisale Serevi (1310)
Most tries Robertson (125)
Team kit
Change kit
Change kit
World Cup
Appearances (First in 1993)
Best result Champions (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
Silver medal – second place 2007 Apia Team
Silver medal – second place 2011 Noumea Team

The Fiji national rugby sevens team represents Fiji in rugby sevens. One of the most popular and successful rugby sevens teams in the world, Fiji 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 is currently the reigning World Rugby Sevens Series Champions in World Rugby, while also winning the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, the country's first medal in any event.[1]

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 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.

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 Cup in 1997 and 2005. He also coached/played in the side from 2005-2007 guiding Fiji to their first World Sevens Series title in the 2005/2006 season.

Honours[edit]

Tournament history[edit]

Fiji Sevens Rugby Team 2009

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympics Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
Brazil 2016 Winners 1st 6 6 0 0
Total 1 Title 1/1 6 6 0 0

Rugby World Cup Sevens[edit]

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
Scotland 1993 Semi Finalists 3rd 9 7 2 0
Hong Kong 1997 Winners 1st 7 7 0 0
Argentina 2001 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
United States 2018 Qualified
Total 2 Titles 6/6 41 35 6 0

World Rugby Sevens Series[edit]

Fiji has won the World Rugby Sevens Series three times — first in 2005-06, and most recently in 2015-16.

Sevens Series record
Year Position Rounds Points
1999–00 2nd 10 180
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
2007–08 4th 8 98
2008–09 2nd 8 102
2009–10 4th 8 108
2010–11 4th 8 122
2011–12 2nd 9 161
2012–13 3rd 9 121
2013–14 3rd 9 144
2014–15 1st 9 164
2015–16 1st 10 181
Total 3 Titles 146 2117

Team[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

Fiji team to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

  1. Apisai Domolailai
  2. Jasa Veremalua
  3. Josua Tuisova
  4. Kitione Taliga
  5. Leone Nakarawa
  6. Osea Kolinisau (c)
  7. Samisoni Viriviri
  8. Savenaca Rawaca
  9. Semi Kunatani
  10. Seremaia Tuwai
  11. Vatemo Ravouvou
  12. Viliame Mata
  13. Masivesi Dakuwaqa (13th man)

Non Travelling

  • Amenoni Nasilasila
  • Alifereti Veitokani
  • Jarryd Hayne
  • Josua Vici
  • Nemani Nagusa
  • Pio Tuwai
  • Sevuloni Mocenacagi

Former players[edit]