Seremaia Bai

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Seremaia Bai
Seremaia Baï.jpg
Full name Seremaia Baïkeinuku
Date of birth (1979-01-04) 4 January 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Nausori, Fiji
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb; 220 lb)
School Lelean Memorial School
Notable relative(s) Setareki Koroilagilagi (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Inside centre, Fly-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
1997–1999
1999–2001
2001–2002
2002–2004
2005–2006
2006–2009
2010–2014
2014-2016
Eastern Suburbs
Tailevu Knights
Cross Keys
Southland
Secom Rugguts
Clermont Auvergne
Castres Olympique
Leicester Tigers





94
93
27





(207)
(91)
(15)
Correct as of 6 June 2016
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2000–2016
2004–2008
2006
Fiji
Pacific Islanders
Fiji Barbarians
53
8
4
(321)
(35)
(32)
Correct as of 24 June 2016
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team   Comps
2002 Fiji Japan

Seremaia Baïkeinuku (born 4 January 1979) is a retired Fijian rugby union player who played most recently for Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership, and represented Fiji at a National level. He plays at both Fly-half and Inside Centre.

Career[edit]

Seremaia Bai finished his career playing for Leicester Tigers after joining them in 2014. He previously played for Castres Olympique and ASM Clermont Auvergne who both compete in France's Top 14 competition. He also plays for the Fiji national team and the Pacific Islanders. He has played under-19s, under 21s and under 23s for the Fiji national side. Bai attended Lelean Memorial School in Nausori, Fiji.

He made his international debut for Fiji in 2000 in a match against Japan which Fiji won 47–22. That year he was also capped against Samoa, the USA, Canada and Italy. In 2001 he was capped three times, twice against Tonga and once against Samoa. In the second match against Tonga he broke his ankle. In 2002 he joined Southland for the National Provincial Championship, and went on tour with Fiji for the November Test series in the northern hemisphere.

Bai training with Clermont Auvergne.

He was not included in Fiji's squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, but returned in 2004 for Fiji in two matches in June, against Tonga and Samoa. He was included in the combined Pacific Islanders team that toured the southern nations. He also played numerous international matches the following season. In 2006 he captained the Tailevu Knights for the 2006 Colonial Cup, and then signed with Clermont Auvergne in France. He played for Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup, and was then selected for the 2006 Pacific Islanders squad for the tour of Europe. He went on to play a substantial part of Fiji's quarter-final reaching team at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. In 2008 he was selected to play for the Pacific Islanders in what would be their final tour. In 2009 he was announced as the Fiji captain for their European tour. In 2010 he signed to play for Castres Olympique on a two-year contract.[1] He also competed at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

His younger brother Setareki Koroilagilagi also has played for the Fiji, and they first played alongside each other in June 2013 against the USA.

In April 2014, he signed a contract with Leicester Tigers.[2]

Seremaia announced his retirement from professional Rugby effective at the end of the 2015/2016 season, with the aim to focus on his BAI (Be An Inspiration) programme, encouraging youngsters into Rugby in his native Fiji[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bai Bai Clermont". PlanetRugby.com. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Leicester Tigers sign Fijian back Seremaia Bai from Castres Olympique". BBC Sport. 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bai to provide fresh inspiration in Fiji". Leicester Tigers Official Website. 30 May 2016. 

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