Rugby

Serevi Hails Fallen Koroi

Koroi who hails from Serea, Naitasiri, was a member of the national sevens team that won the 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong. He scored twice in the 24-21 against South Africa in the final as the Fijians claimed the Melrose Cup (world sevens title) for the first time.
13 Sep 2020 14:11
Serevi Hails Fallen Koroi
Lemeki Koroi who died in Suva last Thursday night. Photo: World Rugby

Tributes have flowed in for fallen former national rugby sevens star rover Lemeki Koroi.

Koroi who hails from Serea, Naitasiri, was a member of the national sevens team that won the 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong.

He scored twice in the 24-21 against South Africa in the final as the Fijians claimed the Melrose Cup (world sevens title) for the first time.

Team captain Waisale Serevi posted on social media, that it was not an easy moment for him to farewell someone who has diligently done his duty for the country.

“Lemeki was one of the 10 players that brought home our first world sevens title in 1997 where he scored two tries in the final against a strong South African side,” he said.

“Lemeki trains hard and can endure whatever tough situation he is in. He always gives his best and never seemed tired. Lemeki is lethal on attack and is known for his bone crushing tackles.

“My condolences to the family and may God’s peace be upon them. RIP (Rest in peace) Sir, you may go and rest high on that mountain until that glorious morning.”

 

Journey

Koroi broke into the limelight in the early 1990s playing rover for the Prisons 7s team that won almost all the major tournaments in the country.

With Prisons, he played alongside Timoci Wainiqolo, Josateki Savou, Filipe Tawayaga, Jone Roqica.

He made his debut for the Flying Fijians against Samoa on June 20, 1992 at the National Stadium, Suva.

Koroi played for Suva and Naitasiri in the provincial rugby competition.

Leading up to the 1997 RWC Sevens, the late head coach Rupeni Ravonu switched Koroi’s position from rover to halfback.

He was 50 years of age during the time of his death.

Members of the 1997 RWC 7s winning team who have passed on are coach Ravonu, manager Jone Buakula, Aminiasi Naituyaga, Inoke Maraiwai and Koroi.

The surviving members are: Serevi, Jope Tuikabe, Luke Eranavula, Leveni Duvuduvukula, Taniela Qauqau, Manasa Bari, Marika Vunibaka and trainer Samu Yavala.

Edited by Osea Bola

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