Alifereti Dere

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Alifereti Dere
Birth nameAlifereti Dere Ratu
Date of birth (1961-09-29) September 29, 1961 (age 58)
Place of birth Fiji
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight198 lb (90 kg)
SpouseSainiana [1]
Occupation(s) Private in the Fijian Armed Forces [2]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Senior career
1988-1991 Army Rugby Club, Suva [3] ()
National team(s)
1986-1991 Fiji 37 (220)
Teams coached
2010-2013 Fiji Sevens

Alifereti Dere (born 29 September 1961) is a Fijian former rugby union footballer and coach. He played as a flanker. Along with fellow Fijian rugby players Mesake Rasari, Niko Baleiverata, Fili Seru, Kinivuwai Ratuvio, Pita Naruma, Etuate Gusuivalu, Manasa Bari, Marika Vunibaka and Pauliasi Tabulutu, he gained widespread success in the sport of rugby. [4] He played also for the Army Rugby Club, from Suva. [5]



His first international cap was against Wales, at Suva, on 31 March 1986. Although not taking part to the 1987 Rugby World Cup due to having departed the previous year, due to a tour of duty with Fiji troops in the United Nations' interim force in Lebanon. [6] He was also part of the 1991 Rugby World Cup roster, where he played 3 matches. His last cap was during the World Cup pool match against Romania, at Brive-La-Gaillarde. He also captained Fiji Sevens in the 1990s. [7]

Coaching career

Between 2010 and 2013, Dere was named as head coach of the Fiji national rugby sevens team, replacing Joe Savou. [8] In 2011, his assistant coach Eluati Waqa replaced him as head coach during the Gold Coast sevens, as Dere was barred to enter in Australia due to his military background . [9]


  1. Army wives get set
  2. The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales · Page 52
  3. Former Flying Fijian dies
  4. "Domestic 7s series grooms Fiji's best". Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  5. Fijian soldier answers call of duty - Nuku'alofa Times
  6. The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales · Page 52
  7. Sport: Alifereti Dere named new Fiji Sevens coach
  8. Fiji coach Alifereti Dere looking for his side to be injury free for Rugby World Cup Sevens [ permanent dead link ]
  9. Fiji's faithful rugby man

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