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Vereniki Goneva
Vereniki Goneva
DOB5th Apr 1984
BirthplaceLautoka, Fiji
Height1.78 m (5' 10")
Weight97 kg (15 st 3 lb)
PositionCentre / Wing
Club
HonoursFiji (35 caps)
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The 2013/14 season was a personal triumph for Vereniki Goneva, finishing the season as Aviva Premiership top try-scorer, Tigers Players’ Player of the Year, Supporters’ Player of the Year and RPA Player of the Year.

He was also shortlisted for Aviva Premiership Player of the Year and named in the BT Sport Team of the Year as he also a new contract to remain at Welford Road.

He started the season as he had ended the previous one, being named Goldsmiths Player of the Month for September 2013 after three tries in the opening four games and earning the Try of the Week award for his bonus-point try in the last minute of the opening-day win over Worcester Warriors.

Fijian wing Goneva ended his first season as a Leicester Tigers player with a try in each of his last three games of 2012/13, including the Aviva Premiership semi-final win over defending champions Harlequins and Final victory against Northampton Saints. He topped the try-scoring charts at the club for a second time in 2014/15 after an early-season hat-trick against Newcastle, scored in front of his parents at Welford Road on their first-ever visit.

Moving to England after three seasons with Tarbes in France, Goneva became the 10th player in Tigers history to score a try on his Premiership debut in the win at London Welsh in September 2012.

It was former Tigers player Waisale Serevi who included Goneva in the Fiji squad for the 2007/08 IRB Sevens, with his Test debut following in 2008.

He made his World Cup debut against Namibia in 2011, scoring four tries and claiming the man-of-the-match award, and played for Fiji against an England team featuring seven Tigers team-mates at Twickenham in November 2012.

 
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
06/09/2014
Newcastle Falcons
3





15
80
13/09/2014
Exeter Chiefs







70
20/09/2014
Bath Rugby







80
27/09/2014
London Irish
1





5
80
04/10/2014
Gloucester Rugby







70
10/10/2014
Harlequins







80
18/10/2014
Ulster Rugby







80
25/10/2014
Scarlets







80
04/11/2014
Barbarians








29/11/2014
Wasps







80
07/12/2014
RC Toulon







80
13/12/2014
RC Toulon







80
20/12/2014
Northampton Saints
2





10
80
27/12/2014
Sale Sharks







80
04/01/2015
Bath Rugby







80
10/01/2015
Harlequins







80
16/01/2015
Scarlets







80
24/01/2015
Ulster Rugby







70
13/02/2015
Gloucester Rugby







70
22/02/2015
London Irish







75
28/02/2015
Sale Sharks







80
08/03/2015
Newcastle Falcons







80
28/03/2015
Exeter Chiefs







43
11/04/2015
Saracens







68
09/05/2015
Wasps
1





5
77
16/05/2015
Northampton Saints







80
23/05/2015
Bath Rugby







80
Total Played 27 7
0
0
0
4
0
35
1983
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2014-2015 - AVIVA Premiership Rugby
Leicester Tigers
19 +1
7



3

35
2014-2015 - European Rugby Champions Cup
Leicester Tigers
6




1


2014-2015 - Friendly
Leicester Tigers
1







2014-2015 Total

26 +1
7



4

35
2013-2014 - AVIVA Premiership Rugby
Leicester Tigers
18
12



2

60
2013-2014 - Heineken Cup
Leicester Tigers
7
2





10
2013-2014 Total

25
14



2

70
2012-2013 - AVIVA Premiership Rugby
Leicester Tigers
10 +1
5



1

25
2012-2013 - Friendly
Leicester Tigers
3
3






2012-2013 - Heineken Cup
Leicester Tigers
3







2012-2013 - LV= Cup
Leicester Tigers
2
2





10
2012-2013 Total

18 +1
10



1

35
Total - AVIVA Premiership Rugby

47 +2
24



6

120
Total - European Rugby Champions Cup

16
2



1

10
Total - Friendly

4
3






Total - LV= Cup

2
2





10
Total

69 +2
31
0
0
0
7
0
140
A plus sign (+) in the played column denotes substitute appearance
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