Full name Waisale Tikoisolomoni Serevi
Born May 20, 1968, Suva
Current age 48 years 7 days
Major teams Leicester Tigers, Fiji
Position Utility back
Height 5 ft 9 in
Weight 176 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1991-2003||7||5||2||31||0||8||4||1||3||4||0||42.85|
|Test debut||Belgium v Fiji at Liege, Oct 7, 1989 match details|
|Last Test||Fiji v Japan at Townsville, Oct 23, 2003 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Waisale Serevi is widely acknowledged to be the finest Sevens player of all time.
He also represented Fiji in the 15-a-side game and enjoyed a varied club career, including a stint at Leicester, but it is in the Sevens arena that his genius was plain for all to see.
Serevi made his Sevens debut at Hong Kong in 1989 and played at the inaugural Rugby World Cup Sevens in 1993. While his Fiji side were unable to claim the Melrose Cup on this occasion, in 1997 and 2005 Serevi was on hand to help them to the title.
Fiji are currently the only side to win the tournament twice, and under Serevi's coaching guidance they won their first IRB Sevens World Series in 2006. This was the first time the tournament had not been won by New Zealand, and was fitting testament to Serevi's influence.
In 2008, the Fiji Rugby Union announced the return of Serevi as Fiji's coach for the 2008-2009 IRB World Sevens Series and the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai but he controversially sacked in January 2009. Following a disagreement with the Fiji Rugby Union over selection procedures he was relieved of his duties due to, "a refusal to obey management instructions".
Scrum Staff March 2009