Waisale Serevi, one of the most influential
players in the history of sevens, has been named as the sixth
player inducted into the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union’s ‘The
Hong Kong Magnificent Seven’.
Widely considered the world’s greatest-ever
sevens player, Serevi was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of
Fame in 2013 on the sidelines of the Hong Kong Sevens, where he
made his international rugby name. He is the first Fijian to be
inducted into the Hall of Fame and the first of his countrymen
inducted into ‘The Hong Kong Magnificent Seven’.
Serevi, ‘the little magician’, made his Hong
Kong debut in 1989, winning player of the tournament honours on
debut, and would return on an astonishing 15 further occasions
(1990-2000, 2002 and from 2005-07 as player/coach).
Serevi was a part of five cup-winning teams and
reached the final on a further seven occasions, massively
contributing to Fiji’s record 14 victories in Hong Kong. He was
also instrumental in both of Fiji’s Rugby World Cup Sevens wins in
Hong Kong in 1997 and 2005.
Uniquely, he has been named the best and fairest
player of the Hong Kong Sevens on three occasions (1989, 1990 and
1998) and was also the player of the tournament at both the 1997
and 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong.
Serevi spearheaded two periods of remarkably
sustained success for Fiji including three consecutive wins from
1990 to 1992 and from 1997 (Rugby World Cup Sevens) to 1999,
making Fiji the only nation to have twice accomplished a
three-peat in Hong Kong. New Zealand won from 1994 to 1996 and
England won from 2002 to 2004.
Serevi also led Fiji to two silver medals at the
Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002 and captured bronze in 2006.
In 2005 he was appointed the Fiji Sevens coach, leading the team
to the 2005/06 HSBC Sevens World Series title – the first occasion
since the series’ inception in 2000 that the circuit was won by a
team other than New Zealand.
In fifteen-a-side, Serevi played 39 times for
Fiji in a career that ran from 1989 to 2003, scoring a total of
376 points. In 2002 Serevi topped 1,000 points all-time in Hong
He returned to lead Fiji to victory once again
in Hong Kong at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2005, cementing his
position in history by finishing as the Rugby World Cup Sevens’
all-time leading points scorer and goal scorer, and the second
highest all-time try scorer.
‘The Hong Kong Magnificent Seven’ campaign is
part of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union’s celebration of 40
Years of Sevens in Hong Kong surrounding the
Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. The HKRFU is announcing its top
seven international players to have taken the pitch at the
hallowed Hong Kong Stadium in So Kon Po over the past four
An additional player is revealed each week in
the build-up to the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens from 27
to 29 March 2015 when the entire Magnificent Seven will be
assembled on the pitch that they helped make synonymous with
world-class sevens to the approbation of the 40,000 strong crowd.
Pictures from the 2014 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
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