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Tuesday Mar 15, 2016

Former Fiji star Seru Rabeni passes away aged 37

Seru Rabeni’s passing shocked the rugby world today. The former Fijian powerhouse was just 37-years-old. He died this morning in his home in Nakasi, with the cause of death speculated to have been a heart attack, while other sources said he was ill for some time.

Rabeni made his debut for Fiji 7s  at the Dubai 7s in 1998, before earning a total of 30 caps for the senior Test team, including appearances at both the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cups.

When the Pacific Islanders were in action, Rabeni made 9 appearances, while also playing club rugby for the likes of the Otago Highlanders in New Zealand, La Rochelle in France, and Leicester Tigers and Leeds in England. He also played at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Built like a forward, Rabeni was one of the hardest tackling players of his era, as well as being a great stepper and midfield powerhouse in general.

Leicester will hold a minute’s applause in Sunday’s Aviva Premiership match against Saracens at Welford Road for their former star, who scored 18 tries in 63 club appearances.

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