Fiji national rugby sevens team

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Fiji Islands
Union Fiji Rugby Union
Coach(es) Gareth Baber
Captain(s) Vacant
Top scorer Waisale Serevi (1310)
Most tries Jerry Tuwai (133)
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World Cup Sevens
Appearances7 (First in 1993 )
Best resultChampions (1997, 2005)
World Rugby series (2005–2006, 2014–2015, 2015–2016, 2018-2019)
Fiji national rugby sevens team
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Pacific Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1999 Santa Rita Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2003 Suva Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2015 Port Moresby Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2007 Apia Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2011 Noumea Team
(South) Pacific Mini Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2009 Rarotonga Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2013 Mata-Utu Team

The Fiji National Rugby Sevens Team has competed in the World Rugby Sevens Series, Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Olympics. They won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, the country's first Olympic medal in any event. [1] They are the only country in the world to have won the three major achievements in Sevens. They have won multiple World Rugby Sevens Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens.

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Fiji Sevens is watched and enjoyed by fans around the world for its style of play — the "Flying Fijians" play with Fijian flair. [2] Their passing and offloads can be unorthodox for traditional rugby coaching, and more similar to basketball style. [3] Fiji is the only team to win the Sevens Treble, which is achieved by winning the Olympics, Sevens Series And World cup. Many other teams have won the sevens series and world cup but, Fiji is the only team to have won olympic gold.

History

The International Rugby Board (IRB) expanded the sevens rugby competition to become a series of 11 tournaments around the world. The debt the FRU incurred from the 2000 sevens series were significant. At the end of December 2000, the FRU was burdened with accumulated losses of F$933,306. Fiji appealed to the IRB for funding arguing that the sevens tournament was built around Fiji and they would not be able to participate without such funding. From that appeal flowed participation funds that enabled the islands teams to play in the World Sevens Series fully funded. By the end of November 2001, the FRU was sitting on a surplus of F$560,311 compared with the previous year's net loss of F$675,609.

The FRU again ran out of money in 2013 to support the national sevens team. The IRB had temporarily suspended funding due to concerns with FRU financial management and governance. The head coach went unpaid for months, other staff were terminated, and the team lacked funds for basic supplies such as rugby balls and bottled water. [4]

Waisale Serevi is highly regarded as the best player ever in sevens rugby.[ citation needed ] Nicknamed the "maestro", played in this side from 1989 to 2006 leading them to countless tournament victories, two Sevens World Cups in 1997 and 2005.

World Rugby Sevens Series

Summary
RankTimesSeasons
1st42005-06, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2018-2019
2nd61999-2000, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2017–18
3rd52000-01, 2002–03, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2016–17
4th52001-02, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11
Total20

Fiji has won the World Rugby Sevens Series four times — first in 2005-06, and most recently in 2018-19. Fiji are one of only two teams — along with New Zealand — to finish in the top four of the World Series every season since its inception.[ citation needed ]

Sevens Series record
YearPositionRoundsPointsMost triesMost points
1999–00 2nd10180 Vilimoni Delasau (83)
2000–01 3rd9124
2001–02 4th11122
2002–03 3rd794
2003–04 4th884
2004–05 2nd788
2005–06 1st8144
2006–07 2nd8128 William Ryder (416)
2007–08 4th898 Emosi Vucago (25) Neumi Nanuku (146)
2008–09 2nd8102 Vereniki Goneva (24)
2009–10 4th8108 William Ryder (166)
2010–11 4th8122 Seremaia Burotu (29) Emosi Vucago (195)
2011–12 2nd9161 Joeli Lutumailagi (28) Metuisela Talebula (271)
2012–13 3rd9121 Samisoni Viriviri (29) Joji Baleviani Raqamate (247)
2013–14 3rd9144 Samisoni Viriviri (52) Samisoni Viriviri (260)
2014–15 1st9164 Savenaca Rawaca (42) Osea Kolinisau (312)
2015–16 [5] 1st10181 Savenaca Rawaca (35) Vatemo Ravouvou (287)
2016–17 3rd10150
2017–18 2nd10180 Eroni Sau (37) Amenoni Nasilasila (316)
2018–19 1st10186 Aminiasi Tuimaba (46)
Total4 Titles1762681 Nasoni Roko (125) Waisale Serevi (1,310)

Quadrennial tournaments

Summer Olympics

Fiji secured their first Olympic medal with a 43–7 win over Great Britain at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio, Brazil. The opening minute saw Osea Kolinisau left one and one with Tom Mitchell and although his fellow captain halted his progress, Kolinisau was still able to stretch and touch the ball down behind his head. Almost straight away, Fiji had a second try when Samisoni Viriviri muscled his way past two players before offloading to Jerry Tuwai to score under the posts. After that Britain were shell shocked and Fiji racked up a further five tries.

Rugby World Cup Sevens

Fiji has twice won the Rugby World Cup Sevens — first in 1997, and again in 2005. Both times, Waisale Serevi was chosen as player of the tournament.

World Cup Sevens record
YearRoundPositionPlayedWonLostDrewMost triesMost points
Flag of Scotland.svg 1993 Semifinals3rd9720
Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg 1997 Finals1st7700 M. Vunibaka (12) W. Serevi (117)
Flag of Argentina.svg 2001 Semifinals3rd7610
Flag of Hong Kong.svg 2005 Finals1st8800
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2009 Quarterfinals5th4310
Flag of Russia.svg 2013 Semifinals3rd6420
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 Semifinals4th4220
Total2 Titles6/6453780 M. Vunibaka (23) W. Serevi (297)

Commonwealth Games

Tournament Victories

Players

Current squad

Former squads

Player records

The following section lists player records from the World Rugby Sevens Series. Players in bold are still active.

Former players

In addition to the players listed above, other notable players include:

Head coaches

See also

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