Yorkshire Carnegie were saddened to hear of the death of their former player Seru Rabeni, aged 37, at his home in Nausori, just outside the capital, Suva.
The Fijian international joined Leeds Carnegie on the eve of the 2009-10 season. He had initially joined Gloucester for the season but after the deal fell through Carnegie acted quickly to snap up the winger. Rabeni made 19 appearances in his one season at the club, working under Andy Key and Neil Back and helping the side maintain their Premiership status.
Prior to his time at Headingley Carnegie, Rabeni spent five seasons with Leicester Tigers, where he first worked with Back and Key. Rabeni joined the Tigers in 2004 and made a significant impact in the double-winning side of 2006-07, scoring five tries in 21 appearances and starting both the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup finals. In 31 starts in the Premiership he scored 12 tries at the club.
He made his debut for Fiji against Japan in 2000 and went onto represent Fiji in the 2003 World Cup and in the 2007 World Cup in France, he featured in all of Fiji's matches and was instrumental in the Pool B decider against Wales helping his national side reach the quarter-finals for the second time since 1987.
He has also represented the Pacific Islanders between 2004 and 2007, making nine appearances and scoring three tries. For Fiji he has played 30 times and scored five tries and also played for the Fiji 7's side in a number of tournaments including the Commonwealth games in 2002.
His first game for the Tigers came against Sale Sharks in 2004 and he showed exactly what he could do by scoring tries in his first three games, becoming the ninth player in the history of Leicester to score tries in each of his first three starts.
Rabeni first played provincial rugby for Lautoka in 1998-99 while studying at Lautoka Teachers College. He played for Fiji U21s and U23s and played halfback for the Fiji 7s team 1998-2000.
He later played for Otago in NPC and won a Super 12 contract for 2003 and 2004.