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David Lemi (born 10 February 1982) is a professional rugby player who plays on the wing for Rouen Normandie.

David Lemi
David Lemi 2011 (cropped).jpg
Date of birth (1982-02-10) 10 February 1982 (age 37)
Place of birthApia Samoa
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb; 183 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bristol Rugby
London Wasps
Glasgow Warriors
Worcester Warriors

Bristol Bears
Rouen Normandie
Correct as of 12 November 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004– Samoa 54 (65)
Correct as of 12 November 2018
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2003–2007 Samoa
Correct as of 12 November 2018

Weighing 75 kg and only 1.75m tall, he is one of the smaller professional rugby players. However, his electric pace and low centre of gravity enabled him to be the 2nd highest Premiership try scorer for the 2005-06 season; and top scorer in the 2006-07 season.

His skills and leadership made him one of the best ever 7s players for his country.[citation needed] As well as representing the 7s side, he has played for the senior 15-a-side team, representing his nation at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups.


Lemi caught Bristol coach Richard Hill's eye in the 2005 Safari Sevens in Kenya and joined Bristol on a one-year deal.

During the 2005-06 season, Lemi quickly impressed, scoring 8 tries in 12 appearances, and became a crowd favourite at the Memorial Stadium.[citation needed] He signed a two-year contract extension in spring 2006.

Despite Bristol Rugby's relegation at the end of the 2008–09 season, Lemi still won The Sunday Times Try of the Season Award for the try he scored against Bath Rugby in the first game of the season. He was the joint second top try scorer in the 2008-09 Guinness Premiership season.

Following Bristol's relegation, it was confirmed in April that Lemi would be leaving the club. He was initially linked with Llanelli Scarlets. However, in May, Lemi signed a contract with Wasps.[2] In 2012, Lemi signed a contract with Worcester Warriors and was reunited with former coach Richard Hill.[3]

In 2014, Lemi was re-signed by Bristol, which would see him leave the Worcester Warriors at the end of the 2014 season and helped Bristol gain promotion the Aviva Premiership.

In April 2018, Lemi was announced as leaving Bristol Rugby at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, during which Bristol were promoted to the Aviva Premiership.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - London Wasps". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  2. ^ "David Lemi signs for Wasps". 19 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  3. ^ "David Lemi Profile". Retrieved 4 December 2012.

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