Waisale Tikoisolomone Serevi is undoubtedly the most famous Rugby Sevens player in the World, acknowledged by his peers and the International Governing body of his sport, the International Rugby Board.
Coming from a very humble background from his home island in Gau, he has developed into an International Star recognised wherever he goes and is being used to publicise his sport internationally. He has become an articulate media person promoting his sport and his country wherever he travels and exemplifies the best sporting ethos both on and off the field.
Although Rugby Sevens is not an Olympic Sport, Serevi was nominated by the IRB to attend the IOC Session in Singapore this year as an ambassador of World Sevens. He was the only athlete present at this meeting and was part of the IRB team lobbying for the inclusion of Rugby Sevens at the 2012 Olympic Games.
It was in 1988 that Serevi made his international debut into the National Team for the NZ Divisional 15s Tour. He first played in the Hong Kong 7s event in 1989 and was a member of the winning teams to 1990-1992 tournaments. Serevi returned to Hong Kong in 1993-2000 and again in 2002. He then moved to France where he stayed until 2004.
Serevi holds 14 Sevens, 2 World Cups and 2 Fifteen World Cup caps and captained the 1997 and 2005 winning Sevens World Cup Fiji Teams. He was a member of the Silver Medal winning 7s Teams to the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, 1998 and 2002 in Manchester and has won 2 Gold medals at the World Games in 2001 in Akita, Japan and at the 2005 Games in Duisberg Germany.
His vision and ingenuity with the ball in hand makes him a most dangerous opponent. It was quoted by Rugby commentator Graham Eden that Serevi "has made us so proud and it was not only of his ability but also because of his humility. He never distinguished between himself and his country and that has shown in his willingness to serve as a coach when he could be earning more oversees." Former Wallaby, David Campese's words of Serevi are "a very, very, good player and a great person who has been at the forefront of Sevens in Fiji and should be remembered as one the of the greatest players on the Sevens code."
Last Modified on 27/05/2009 09:55