Tragic news is emerging this morning as Seru Rabeni has passed away, aged 37. The former Fiji rugby union and 7s star had been sick for quite some time according to FijiVillage.com, and passed away while having breakfast this morning.
Rabeni played for Fiji at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, and they reached the quarter-finals at the latter, upsetting Wales in the pool stages.
Rabeni played for Leicester Tigers between 2004 and 2009, scoring 18 tries in 63 appearances for the Premiership side. He also played for Leeds and the Highlanders in his career.
Rabeni could play as a centre or wing, and embodied the true spirit of Fiji rugby.
Tributes have been pouring in this morning.
We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Seru Rabeni. Our thoughts go to all his friends and family pic.twitter.com/QN07b4bgUO
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) March 15, 2016
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) March 15, 2016
— Sale Sharks (@SaleSharksRugby) March 15, 2016
I’m the same age as Seru Rabeni. Life is short so make sure to live it.
— Nick Heath (@rugbymedia) March 15, 2016
Very sad to hear of the passing of Seru Rabeni who v nearly joined us in 2009. He was a formidable opponent. Thoughts are with his family.
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) March 15, 2016
Shocked to hear the passing of my old Highlanders teammate Seru Rabeni. Gave the pass for my first Super Rugby try. #RIPMate
— Nick Evans (@nick10evans) March 15, 2016
Rest in peace.