Samu Kerevi

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Samu Kerevi
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Kerevi representing the Classic Wallabies during their tour of Fiji, September 2018
Birth nameSamuela Vatuniveivuke Kerevi
Date of birth (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 28)
Place of birth Viseisei, Fiji
Height186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight108 kg (238 lb; 17 st 0 lb)
School Brisbane State High School
Notable relative(s) Radike Samo (cousin)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Current team Suntory Sungoliath
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2014–2019 Reds 73 (130)
2014–2017 Brisbane City 19 (70)
2020– Suntory Sungoliath 27 (65)
Correct as of 16 July 2022
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2012 Fiji U20 5 (15)
2016– Australia 41 (45)
Correct as of 16 July 2022
National sevens team(s)
YearsTeamComps
2021 Australia 1
Correct as of 16 July 2022

Samuela Vatuniveivuke Kerevi (born 27 September 1993) is a Fijian-born Australian rugby union player currently playing for Suntory Sungoliath in the Japanese Top League. [1] His usual position is centre. He previously played for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby and has played for the Australian national team. [2]

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Family and early life

Samuela Kerevi was born in Viseisei, Fiji. He moved with his family to Australia at aged 4. [3] His father, Nimilote Kerevi, is a former Fiji international soccer player. His brother Josua Kerevi has also played representative rugby. [3]

Kerevi attended Brisbane State High School, and represented Queensland at the Australian Schools Rugby Championships in 2011. [4]

Kerevi obtained Australian citizenship in August 2016. [5]

Rugby career

In 2012, Samu Kerevi (his ref name was Musashi) played Premier Rugby for GPS Old Boys in Brisbane. [6] He was selected alongside his brother Josua in the Fiji Under-20 team for the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa. [7] In the opening pool match against Wales, he scored the first try of the tournament and he followed that up with a double against Samoa. [8]

Kerevi was a member of the ARU's National Academy in 2012 and 2013. [9] [10] He was selected for Australia Under-20 to play in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France, but was unable to take part due to a shoulder injury. [2] [11]

In July 2013, he signed an extended player squad contract with the Queensland Reds for the 2014 Super Rugby season. [2] [12]

In June 2016, he was included in the 33-member Australia team for the 2016 England rugby union tour of Australia. [13] He made his debut at inside centre against England, in the defeat in Brisbane. Australia would go on to be white-washed in the series 3-0.

Kerevi continues to play regularly for the Australian team and featured in their squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. [14] Following the world cup Kerevi signed with Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath who he is currently playing for in the Top League.

Kerevi was a member of the Australian men's rugby seven's squad at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The team came third in their pool round and then lost to Fiji 19-nil in the quarterfinal. [15] Full details.

Reference list

  1. "Samu Kerevi confirms Japan deal". ESPN.com. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  2. 1 2 3 "Kerevi Signs with Reds". fijirugby.com. 1 August 2013. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  3. 1 2 "Sorovaki names Fiji U20s team for Wales". fijilive.com. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  4. "Queensland Schoolboys Teams 2011". QRFSU. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  5. Pandaram, Jamie. "After a long battle, Wallaby Samu Kerevi finally gains Australian citizenship". The Daily Telegraph. News Corporation. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  6. "Musashi High Performer of the Week". redsrugby.com.au. 2011. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  7. Narawa, Emoni (31 May 2012). "Brothers in arms". Fiji Times. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  8. "Kerevi, Simolo rated in top 20". Fiji Broadcast Corporation. 19 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  9. "National Academy U19 match at Ballymore on Saturday". redsrugby.com.au. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  10. "Australia's next generation set to face Reds College XV". rugby.com.au. 13 April 2013. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  11. "Australian Under 20s Squad". rugby.com.au. 2013. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  12. Tucker, Jim (23 July 2013). "Reds need to rework style to return to top of Australian rugby pile". Courier-Mail. Archived from the original on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  13. "Wallabies v England Test series: Stirling Mortlock on centre dilemma". Fox Sports. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  14. "Wallabies place faith in experience for World Cup bid". www.abc.net.au. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  15. "Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2021". The Roar. Retrieved 6 April 2022.

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