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Isoa Damudamu

Key Facts

SquadBritish Army
PositionForward
Age32
Height1.95m (6'5")
Weight98kg (15st 6lb)
IRB World Series23 events

Profile

A UK resident for 12 years, Isoa Damudamu had an accolade to add to his already impressive CV with his 44th and most recent HSBC Sevens World Sevens Series try when England achieved a 21-12 third place play off victory over Samoa at Wellington in February this year.

His try in a 21-7 Plate final victory over hosts South Africa in George in mid December 2009 helped to achieve the first win by an England side on South African soil since 2003. He returned to the Commonwealth Games squad after a nine-month absence following a shoulder injury sustained when playing for the Royal Logistics Corps.

He went on to score his 34th try in the IRB Series against France at Dubai in December 2010 on the way to the triumph in the final. Isoa added three in the tournament in George a week later and another in Wellington event in February 2011 when England were runners-up to New Zealand for the second successive tournament. Isoa suffered a shoulder injury and returned home to be replaced in Las Vegas the following week by Mark Odejobi.

Now serving as a private in the British Army, Isoa was educated at Nasinu Secondary School in his native Fiji and played for Bai RFC on the island, having first laced up his boots at the age of four.

A back row forward at 15-a-side, he has represented Combined Services and won a series of rugby honours in the armed forces. The British Army U21 player of 2001, he became the senior player of the year in 2003, the Amsterdam Sevens player of the tournament in 2004 and the Royal Logistic Sports Personality of 2009.

His England Sevens debut was in the Adelaide tournament four seasons ago and his happiest memory was winning the 2009 Wellington Sevens. Isoa reckons that Waisale Serevi tops the world list of players in the abbreviated game while All Black Richie McCaw heads the consistency stakes for his country.

He said: "I used to dream of playing when I was young at the So Kon Po Stadium in Hong Kong. I started at centre but ended up in the forwards towards the end of school and have been there ever since."

Volleyball and spending family time are his off-field delights and his dream at the end of his playing career, when it arrives, is to coach the game. 

Last updated: March 27, 2012.

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