Lote Raikabula

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Lote Raikabula
Full name Lote Raikabula
Date of birth (1983-07-31) 31 July 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Fiji
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Utility back
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–present New Zealand Sevens team ()
Medal record
Men's rugby sevens
Representing  New Zealand
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Melbourne Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2010 Delhi Team competition

Lote Raikabula (born 31 July 1983 in Suva, Fiji) is a New Zealand rugby player who has played both Rugby Union and Rugby sevens. He currently plays for the All Blacks Sevens team in the IRB Sevens World Series & is the Rugby coach for Trinity College, Kandy. He has played more than 60 tournaments since his debut in 2006,[1] playing in 20 tournament-winning teams. With five IRB Sevens World Series medals, a Rugby World Cup Sevens title and two Commonwealth Games gold medals he is arguably New Zealand Sevens' most successful player.[2]

Raikabula has played Rugby Union for both Hawkes Bay[3] and Manawatu[4] in the Air New Zealand Cup.

In November 2016 he was appointed as the Head Coach of Rugby at Trinity College Kandy, Sri Lanka.[5]

Career highlights[edit]

  • New Zealand Sevens 2006–present
  • Hawke's Bay 2006, 2007
  • East Coast 2005
  • Wellington Sevens 2002–2005
  • Wellington Under 21 2003