Samu Kerevi
Position Centre
Date of birth 27 September 1993
Height 186cm
Weight 105kg
Debut 2016 v England, Brisbane
Caps 25

Biography

Born in Fiji, Samu Kerevi comes from strong sporting stock. His father Nimilote represented the island nation in football and his cousin is 23-Test Wallaby Radike Samo. The Kerevi family moved to Australia when Samu was young and he played his early rugby with Sunnybank. He attended Brisbane State High School and in 2012 played in the Queensland Schools side but a year later he joined his brother Josua in Fiji’s U20s squad. In 2014 Kerevi had his first taste of senior rugby when he debuted for Queensland against the Highlanders in Brisbane. The following year Kerevi was among four uncapped players selected in an extended 40-man squad to prepare for the Wallabies' opening two Rugby Championship Tests against South Africa and Argentina but had to wait until 2016 before making his Test debut against England in Brisbane. 

HIGHLIGHTS

2016

Kerevi won his first Test cap when selected as the starting inside centre against England in Brisbane. Kerevi was retained for the second Test in Melbourne but was overlooked for the next two matches before being recalled, this time at outside centre, against New Zealand in Wellington. He ended the year with a total of seven Test caps.

2017

Kerevi missed the June Series after he suffered a low-grade syndesmosis injury to his left ankle when he played for the Reds against the Blues in Samoa. Despite a lack of match fitness due to that ankle injury Kerevi won selection at No. 13 for the first Bledisloe Test against New Zealand in Sydney. Five caps from the bench through the back end of the Rugby Championship and the third Bledisloe Test were followed by a promotion to starting inside centre for each of the four internationals on the end-of-season Spring Tour.

2018

He started at 13 in all three Tests against Ireland but then succumbed to a ruptured biceps, one that he had carried throughout the Irish series, to miss all of The Rugby Championship. Kerevi returned for the Spring Tour and started each of the four internationals at outside centre.

Rugby World Cup 2020 season