Muliagatele Fata Brian Lima among first seven inducted to Pasefika Rugby Hall of Fame

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Pasefika’s Rugby’s biggest names gathered at Eden Park in Thursday night to celebrate the Pacific’s immense contribution to the sport.

Seven legendary players were the first to be inducted to the Pasifika Rugby Hall of Fame, among them Manu Samoa icon and Order of Merit, Muliagatele Fata Brian Limā.

 

Limā debuted for the Samoa national rugby union team in 1990 as an 18 year old. He featured in Samoa’s famous World Cup win over Wales in 1991, and he was the youngest player at the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

LimL’s contribution to Samoa rugby spanned 17 years setting a world record for being the first player to appear in five Rugby World Cups.

Lima retired after the 2007 Rugby World Cup and Laauli Michael Jones (Samoa coach at that time), selected Lima to lead Samoa against Fiji in that year’s Pacific Nations Cup. The match was Lima’s last game on Samoan soil.

Lima also played for the Samoa national rugby sevens team. He scored 17 tries in various Rugby World Cup Sevens tournaments, ranking him third all-time in career World Cup Sevens tries.

In August 2020 Limā was appointed by Lakapi Samoa as Head Coach of the Manu Samoa 7s. At the time of his appointment Lakapi Samoa Chief Executive said Lima would revive the sevens game for Samoa.

Limā took over as the National Rugby Sevens coach from New Zealand’s Sir Gordon Tietchens, who had failed to win an HSBC 7s leg in the four years of his term.

Former All Black and Manu Samoa Head Coach Tuifaasisina Bryan Williams was also honoured together with World Cup-winning Black Ferns captain Seiuli Fiao’o Faamausili, and Manu Samoa hero Papaliitele Peter Fatialofa.

Fijian sevens maestro Waisale Serevi, former All Black Jonah Lomu and former Wallabies flanker George Smith were among the inaugural inductees.

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