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IFEREIMI RAWAQA
Fiji Rep Number: 0650        Fiji Test Rep Number: 0556
38 caps 0 tries 0 points (10 games, 0 tries, 0 points)
Full Name: Ifereimi Rawaqa
Position: Lock
Club: World Fighting Bulls (Japan)
Club: Vuda     Province: Lautoka
Height: 1m97 (6'6")     Weight: 113kg
Date of Birth: 20 Sep 1980     Place of Birth: Lautoka
Fathers Village: Viseisei, Vuda
Mothers Village: Kadavu

Solid and reliable performer for Fiji for the last six years – always brings his A game with him. Great line-out jumper and superb commitment around the park. Injured badly against Italy in 2006 but completed his rehab on time to make the Fiji team to the Rugby World Cup in France last year. Also earned winners medal with Fiji at 2005 RWC 7s in Hong Kong.

One of the biggest finds of 2002, Rawaqa was still 21 when he made his Test debut in the victory over Samoa in Apia.

After four matches as substitute, the lanky Lautoka lad made his first run-on start against Tonga in the 47-20 win at Prince Charles Park in Nadi, and celebrated with a well-worked try from 35 metres out when he raced onto a chip over the top from Seru Rabeni.

Rawaqa’s light build makes him an ideal line-out jumper, but he is also equipped with speed to match most wingers. Injury saw him miss the 2003 early-season trials and thus he didn’t feature in the warm-up matches in Australia or against Tonga.

When Api Naevo pulled up lame in the first match of the New Zealand tour last August, Rawaqa was called up and he didn’t disappoint. He also led his provincial team Lautoka to both major trophies in Fiji in 2003 – the Telecom Fiji Cup and the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy, which is a challenge competition a la Ranfuly Shield.

A back injury in late September 2003 nearly put paid to Rawaqa’s chances at the World Cup, but he had a remarkable recovery.

Now playing for World in Japan, Rawaqa played an important role in Fiji’s winning Pacific Tri-Nations 2005 team. Named as one of the five Players of the Year by Rakavi 2004.

Rawaqa proved that he also has pace to burn when he outran the Wales backline to score under the posts in what was so nearly a historical win for Fiji at Cardiff in 2005.

Also a member of Fiji's 2005 World Cup 7s squad and scored a crucial try in the semi-finals against England.


Fiji 7s:
2005
– Rugby World Cup 7s in Hong Kong

Teams:
1997
– U19 Fiji School Secondary School trialist
1997 – Vuda Rugby Club, Lautoka
1997-2003 – Lautoka - Telecom Fiji Cup and Farebrother winners 2003
2004-07 – World (Japan)

School:
1993 – RKS

Likes: Watching movies and rugby, picnics, visiting friends and attending Sunday services
Best rugby memory: when i first sang the national anthem in apia against Samoa. I cant stop the tears
Funniest rugby memory: When one of my team-mates was slapped by the ref during a club game

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