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WATCH: The evolution of explosive centre Samu Kerevi

Samu Kerevi is set to line up for Brisbane City in their match against Fiji Drua. (QRU Sportography)
Roar Guru
7th July, 2016
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Samu Kerevi is an integral part of Michael Cheika’s masterplan for the future of the Wallabies’ backline, with his ability to decimate defenders with his sheer size, explosive speed and power, as he has demonstrated for the Reds since 2014.

The Fijian-born centre recently made his debut for the Wallabies in their three-Test series against England, where he started at 12 in the first and second Tests.

Samu paired up with Brumbies’ Fijian-born centre Tevita Kuridrani, making an effective two-man demolition team against the Poms. However, an injury to Rob Horne caused Michael Cheika to reshuffle the backline sending the pair into different channels, and the Wallabies game plan suffered drastically with the side going on to lose the first Test 28-39.

Samu moved to Brisbane when he was four-years-old along with his family, which included his father Nimilote Kerevi, a Fijian international football representative. His brother Josua Kerevi also plays rugby and represented the Fijian U20s alongside Samu in 2012.

Samu played for GPS Old Boys in Brisbane, where he impressed selectors from the QRU with his powerful tackle-busting runs, and signed with the Reds’ extended playing squad in 2013.

He made his debut for the Reds in 2014 and has since become an integral part of their backline. He went on to represent Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championships where he continued to break through defenders with ease, setting up and scoring multiple tries.