FIJIAN LEGEND TO PLAY IN CARNEGIE FLOODLIT NINES

Leeds Met honorary doctorate holder Waisale Serevi is to play for Fiji UK in the Carnegie Floodlit Nines next Wednesday.

Leeds Met honorary doctorate holder Waisale Serevi is to play for Fiji UK in the Carnegie Floodlit Nines next Wednesday. Serevi, widely considered to be one of the greatest rugby sevens players of all times, will make the switch from union to league at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. The most decorated Fijian in world rugby, Serevi has represented Fiji 39 times between 1989 and 2003 and scored 376 points. He represented Fiji in the 1991, 1999, and 2003 Rugby Union World Cups. He is currently the Fiji National Coach in the IRB World Sevens. Fiji UK Team Manager Mike Ratu, said: "To capture Fiji’s greatest ever rugby player is a major accomplishment for us. He is Fiji’s biggest sporting personality and the fact that he has agreed to play for us is a dream come true for our players. "I would like to personally thank Leeds Met, who have made it possible for Serevi to play in the tournament. The players are very excited about the prospect of playing alongside the great man and it has been a major confidence boost for us with just a week to go to the tournament." Serevi is equally excited about playing in the inaugural tournament and pitting his wits against some of Super League’s big name players: "Rugby league is a fantastic sport and I am delighted to be supporting Leeds Met by playing in the Carnegie Floodlit Nines at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. I like to take on new challenges and to play for Fiji UK will be a good experience. Nines rugby is very exciting and I am sure the fans will be in for a real treat." The former Leicester Tigers half-back will arrive in Leeds on Tuesday 26 August – the day before the tournament – and will also be an official guest of Leeds Met at rugby league’s showpiece event, the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final, on Saturday 30 August at Wembley Stadium. "I am looking forward to watching the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at the famous Wembley Stadium," added Serevi. "It is regarded as rugby league’s major event. To be an official guest of Leeds Met on this special day in London, watching two big names in rugby league, will be a great honour for me." In addition to his outstanding career as a player, Serevi has also excelled in his coaching career, leading Fiji to victory in the IRB Sevens World Series in 2006, the first time in its history that the opposing New Zealand team was beaten in the series. Earlier this year, Serevi was awarded a sports science honorary doctorate by Leeds Met, building on the University’s commitment to sporting excellence. Ticket prices for the event are £10. Children under 16 will gain free admission when accompanied by a full paying adult. Admission can be made via the turnstile on the night or in advance from the Headingley Carnegie Ticket Office on 0870 60 60 50 or www.floodlit9s.co.uk. Turnstiles open at 4.30pm and Leeds Met have planned a great evening of entertainment for the whole family, including the Carnegie Carnival on the cricket ground adjacent to the rugby ground with activities for everyone to enjoy.