Waisale Serevi is a Fijian former rugby union football player and coach. He is widely considered to be the greatest rugby sevens player in the history of the game. Serevi played for Fiji 39 times between 1989 and 2003, and scored 376 points. This included representing Fiji in the 1991, 1999, and 2003 Rugby World Cups. He also played professionally for the Mitsubishi, Leicester, Stade Montois,Stade Bordelais and Staines.
About Waisale Serevi in brief
Waisale Tikoisolomoni Serevi is a Fijian former rugby union football player and coach. He is widely considered to be the greatest rugby sevens player in the history of the game. Serevi played for Fiji 39 times between 1989 and 2003, and scored 376 points. This included representing Fiji in the 1991, 1999, and 2003 Rugby World Cups. He also played professionally for the Mitsubishi, Leicester, Stade Montois,Stade Bordelais and Staines rugby teams. In 2005 after winning the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens Serevi was appointed player-coach of the Fiji Sevens national team. He led Fiji to the 2005–06 World Sevens Series victory – the first time the series was won by a team other than New Zealand. A biography of Serevi titled Waisale Serevi: King of Sevens by Nick Darvenzi was published in 2018. The third of five children, he was born in Suva, on the island of Viti Levu, on 20 May 1968. His inspiration to play rugby stemmed from his childhood, when Fiji defeated the British Lions in 1977. He missed watching the match, but decided to take up rugby after seeing how happy the victory made the people of Fiji. He was eventually selected to play for the senior provincial side when he was 17. In 1987 he was selected for the Fiji B team, and the following year he made his Test debut against New Zealand in front of a huge crowd. In 2004 Serevi made his debut for the late London club Staines; making his debut against Thurrock in December that year.
He won silver at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002, and captured bronze in 2006. In 2009 he won a bronze medal for Fiji at the Sydney Sevens tournament. He has also played for the Australian Rugby League clubs the Canberra Raiders, and later the Brisbane Crushers. In 1993 Serevi signed for the Japanese club Mitsubish team from Kyoto, Japan. In 1997 he joined English club Leicester on a two-year contract. He stayed at Leicester for only one season before moving to the French club StadeMontois in Mont-de-Marsan. After getting clearance from the European Union to play non-European Union, Serevi moved to Stade Bordelois in January 2001. He continued to play in France for the club until January 2004. In 2007 he joined the French rugby union club Montois. He stopped playing professional rugby in 2005 in order to focus on his coaching career. He now works as a coach for the French Rugby Federation. In 2011 he became the coach of the French side Montois in the Top 14 competition. In 2012 he was named as one of the European Rugby Union’s coaching staff members for the 2015/16 season. He previously worked as the head coach of French side Stademontois. In 2013 he was appointed as the new coach of Stade de Montois’ second team.