- 26 Age
- 105kg Weight
- 186cm Height
Samu Kerevi is a powerful and direct centre three-quarter who has matured into one of the Wallabies’ most potent strike weapons. Born in Fiji, Kerevi comes from strong sporting stock. His father Nimilote represented the island nation in football and his cousin is 23 Test capped Wallaby Radike Samo. The Kerevi family moved to Australia and a young Samu played his early rugby with Sunnybank. He attended Brisbane State High School and in 2012 won selection for Queensland Schools however a year later he joined his brother Joshua in Fiji’s U20s squad for the fifth-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in South Africa.
In 2014 Kerevi had his first taste of senior representative 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 a further twelve months before he won his first Test cap, against England at Suncorp. Since that debut Kerevi has gone from strength-to-strength, a fact highlighted by the award of back-to-back Pilecki Medals (2018 & 2019) as the Reds’ Player of the Year.
Kerevi won his first Test cap when selected as the starting inside centre against England in Brisbane. Kerevi was retained for the 2nd 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.
Kerevi missed the June internationals 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 1st Test against New Zealand in Sydney. Five caps from the bench through the back end of the Rugby Championship and the 3rd Bledisloe Cup Test were followed by a promotion to starting inside centre for each of the four internationals on the end-of-season Spring Tour.
He started at outside centre in all three home 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.