Powerful ball-carrier Jesse Parahi was a key player in helping Australia qualify for the Olympic Games. After a three-month stint playing in the NRL with the West Tigers in early 2016, Parahi returned to the Australian sevens program in April and eventually secured his position in the Rio Team.
Parahi grew up playing both rugby league and union. He stopped playing league at 18 to focus on his sevens career, a move that paid off when he made his international debut in Edinburgh in 2010.
The 2012 RUPA Rugby Sevens Excellence Award recipient helped Australia win bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
One of Jesse’s most memorable moments in an Australian Sevens jersey was in October 2013 when he crossed over in sudden-death extra-time against South Africa in the Gold Coast Cup Semi-Finals to secure the win.
Parahi and his wife Carlien run an occupational therapy program - Sense Rugby - created to help kids who usually find it difficult to be part of a sports team get involved in sport and physical activity.
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Rugby - Sevens
Rugby Sevens Men
Campsie, NSW, Australia
Avalon, NSW, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 10th - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – London Sevens (London, United Kingdom)
- 6th - 2015-16 Sevens World Series – Paris Sevens (Paris, France)
- 1st - World Sevens Oceania Olympic Qualification tournament (Auckland, New Zealand)
- Qualifying to play at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
- Winning bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Andy Friend (2016 - current)
Sydney Academy of Sport
Primary Training Base